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EMANATIONS

Kösmonaut

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Studio Album, released in 2011

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. The One (9:12)
2. Monad (6:38)
3. The Indefinite Dyad (11:18)
4. Triad (7:55)
5. Primordial Gnosis (11:37)

Total Time 46:38

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Line-up / Musicians

Patrick R. Pärk / All electronics & effects

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Released by Ethereal Mother Tapes on limited edition CDR on September 20, 2011.

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Review by memowakeman
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars Beware: Once you enter to Kösmonaut's realm, you will not escape!

This is the second album I listened and review of Kösmonaut, the brainchild of US composer Patrick. R Park, who creates great electronic-oriented stuff in the vein of dinosaurs such as Tangerine Dream. This album entitled "Emanations" shows his compositional skills with five complex and challenging compositions which range from six to eleven minutes, making a total time of 46 minutes.

It opens with "The One", a nine-minute piece which starts with a strong and loud electronic sound. The repetitiveness is inherent here but also necessary, what makes this kind of music so enjoyable are the diversity of elements that are being included little by little, throughout the whole track. A mandatory suggestion that I have to do, is that you better listen to it with headphones, in order to truly appreciate what the artist is offering. I really love the inclusion of drums (I am not sure if they are electronic or not, though, but it does not really matter), and how they perfectly complete the pile of synthesizers that are surrounding us. Not a boring track at all, on the other hand, this is a fantastic trip to electronic prog.

"Monad" is the shortest track of the album. It starts slower and softer than the previous one, but after some seconds when drums appear it becomes more intense and provocative. The beauty of this musician is how he manages to create a main structure and put a lot of passages and sounds inside it, also, it is wonderful to hear the progression and evolution of the track, and how you little by little are being hypnotized. Though I previously mentioned Tangerine Dream, do not expect a clone, not at all, here you will have an artist with his own style, and with a clear XXI century reference.

"The Indefinite Dyad" is one of the two 11-minute track of the album. The space and sci-fi references are obvious, here, the sound is much softer and slower than the previous tracks, and the atmosphere makes me totally feel like floating in the Milky Way; but after two minutes the song changes and puts synths with a faster rhythm, while the first one works now as simple background. After four minutes and a half there is a stop, the wind can be heard and a kind of uncertainty reigns now; and later little by little the song progresses and adds diverse elements that bring several sensations. What a good trip!

"Triad" is another addictive track with a repetitive rhythm but with a wonderful salad of sounds. It is impossible not to move your head while you are listening to it, which does not mean it is music to dance, don't misunderstand me, but the rhythm invites you to explore its world, its planet and taste its elements. I really love how the intensity increases, there is a moment when you may be about to explode due to the higher and chaotic sound, however the song slows down and keepds developing new and new elements.

The final track is "Primordial Gnosis", the second 11-minute composition. Here the beginning is a bit jammed, I don't know if that is the best adjective, but there are several sounds that I cannot separate one by one, they are like piled up. After two minutes the track is taking a face, creating its body and becoming into something, maybe a being, not sure if human. You want to get hypnotized once again? So then put your headphones, close your eyes and lie on your bed, because you will enter into a transitory process in which you will morph into another form, you decide which.

I loved this album, I am not sure if I can call it a progressive rock masterpiece, but out of the three Kösmonaut's works I've listened to so far, this one has really put me in its world, and made me enjoy every single second of it. That is why I will grade it with four strong stars, and recommend it to any progressive rock fan.

Enjoy it!

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Posted Friday, December 02, 2011

Review by octopus-4
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR RIO/Avant/Zeuhl Team
3 stars This album has been a partial disappointment for me, but only because I was expecting something different. In the progressive electronic world you can find drones made of electronic noises without any trace of rhythm like with the Dutch Phrozenlight. This Kosmonaut (sorry for the regular "o", I won't spend time on the ASCII table) is on the opposite side of that world. His drones are based on electronic drumming and rhythm with the keyboards in the background. Something halfview, like the Tangerine Dream, would have been better for me.

The album itself is not too bad. It's surely better than some of the Dutch drones, also because in proportions, finding a weak album in a 100 albums discography is not too difficult. The problem that I have with it is that I enjoy more a thing like an ambient drone made of keyboard only than things like this one.

For most of the album I haven't had any good sensation. Again, this depends on me. While the first tracks have some of Kraftwerk, and some squared waves in Edgar Froese's style, I had to arrive to the last track before getting some pleasure. This is not too dissimilar from the rest but has something more: first of all, the drumming is less present and the result is a bit more "acid".

What I personally don't like is that sort of chill'out-just-after-a-big-rave sound, that's very far from what I was expecting, that's something that on "Primordial gnosis" appears sometimes.

So in the end, the fact that I haven't liked it doesn't mean that anybody else can't. Hard fans of electronics who don't dislike house and rave parties will surely find it interesting. It has some goods specially in these parts where is closer to Edgar Froese, with sequences of bass squared waves.

So, being unable to split my personal appreciation from the real value of the album I stick on three stars. It's not for "any" prog music collection (not for mine), but I can't say that it's bad and it's also possible that time after time I will start enjoying it.

Give it a chance.

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