Thursday, March 10, 2011

New Reviews Cosmic Mandala & Soniq Variants

Here are two great reviews of "Cosmic Mandala" and "Soniq Variants" by Sylvain Lupari. Please visit his website for more music reviews.

Thanks Sylvain!

Cosmic Mandala

The music of Alpha Wave Movement is rather difficult to definite. A beautiful music, strongly influenced by Steve Roach's musical landscapes, where oniric sweetnesses such as fluty and ethereal synth layers mould a certain approach towards New Age, whereas rhythmic structures, sequences and percussions draw stronger movements lurching towards a complex and sophisticated EM than simple New Age. Remark that this statement ensues from my listening of The Regions Between, a collection of forgotten tracks and which had fairly seduced me. Except that Cosmic Mandala is far from The Regions Between and I have to admit that Gregory Kyryluk surpasses my expectations with a nice EP where bewitching rhythms are measuring to limpid chords and lively synth solos in an introspective cosmic atmosphere.

Cosmic Mandala Part I is a superb track segmented in 5 parts which make us travel between earth and space. Alive water of which the lapping is melting to astral synth waves introduces Liquid Macrocosm. Crystalline arpeggios are waddling there while a synth with sinuous breezes goes through a galaxy filled with musical shooting stars. A sequential movement strums chords which flicker in a musical fauna flooded of soft sparkling keys. Between the earth and the cosmos, Cosmic Mandala Part I evolves with a musical flora rich in diverse eclectic sonorities while quietly the discreetly feverish rhythm implodes in an oblivion of resounding heaviness. A swaying synth line revives Cosmic Mandala Part I and A Rhythmic Wavelength thunders with good percussions which will roll constantly on a languishing structure where the heavy and slow rhythm pounds a musical structure fed by twisted solos. Solos which criss-cross a heterogeneous cosmos where the electronic sonorities teem around robust percussion strikes. At around the 12th minute, a desert breeze covers an astral plain and Seas of Crimson Radiance floats in an oniric cosmos where Tibetan percussions hammer a slow morphic march beneath the aegis of a hybrid tones synth. A short moment of calm before the rhythm starts up again with Navigating the Realms of Infinite Stars and its tribal percussions, line of bass with notes which wave heavily and nasal synth waves. Navigating the Realms of Infinite Stars’ slow and sensual evolves with fine jerky movements beneath a beautiful wave of wrapping synth and a rain of crystalline chords which fall of a cosmos filled with rangy synth serpentines. A soft, suave and languishing electronic cosmic rock Navigating the Realms of Infinite Stars Soft, pleasant one, Navigating The Realms Of Infinite Stars soak in a ethereal atmosphere before being immerged into a dark maelstrom which sparkles with twinkling keys and kissing the sweetnesses of Morpheus.

More ambient and more atmospheric Cosmic Mandala Part II multiplies synth layers which are entwining and wave in a heavy galactic cortex. The more the track progresses and the more life is settling down with synth strata which move with a morphic slowness but an atypical heaviness. There are nice synths impulses here which waltz around a winged fairylike where quixotic elytrons flicker with the grace of the most beautiful dreamlike waltzes. Cosmic Mandala Part II is a beautiful dance without body and a graceful movement where the multiplicity of strata shapes superb moving and poignant moments which make it one of the good ambient and atmospheric tracks that I heard. Really nice and good it concludes an EP which amazes and gives me the taste more than ever to discover the musical universe of Alpha Wave Movement and Gregory Kyryluk.

Sylvain Lupari

gutsofdarkness.com & synth&sequences.com


Soniq Variants

The more I discover the music of Alpha Wave Movement, the more I have the impression that I missed something over the years where I ignored his music. Not that the music of Gregory Kyryluk is genius but because it’s a skilful dosage between soft ethereal atmospheres, the mysticism of tribal American and landscapes and EM as well as deserts’ specters which shakes ceaselessly due to its synth incantations and percussions with multiple tones. It’s still under the spell of Cosmic Mandala, of its spasmodic sequenced rhythms, its attractive percussions and hybrid synth layers that I come to explore Soniq Variant. Amazing, Gregory Kyryluk's latest work is played with the Ensoniq electronic equipment. These synths are renowned for their diversities and sound charismas were conceived at the end of the 80’s and Gregory Kyryluk toys with them brilliantly on a very nice album where sequences and percussions dance on beautiful structures of a most colored musical landscape.

Fine sequences, like tom-toms strikes, alternate delicately the pace and mould a soft ethereal procession on the opening of Sundial West. A discreet flute accompanies this ascending march supported by fine nasal arpeggios which sparkle in a musical landscape which could be situated quite well as Steve Roach's Destination Horizon. Heavy synth breezes criss-cross twinkling harmonies whereas angelic choirs hum beneath rattling style percussions, synth which rotate on the rhythm of sequences and silky mystic mists layers of the mountainous tops. A nice hypnotic and mesmerizing movement, Sundial West accelerates gradually its pace beneath a good musical progression where the musical wealth of the Ensoniq synth enriches a sound fauna to thousand artistic possibilities. With its percussions which slam around keyboard keys which float and sparkle, Eternal Panorama can only remind Steve Roach’s musical and tribal landscapes. A very beautiful track with synth strata which floats and falls as leaves under a light breeze which frees anemic breathes around a rosary of chords sparkling in a spring mist. Transwave Oscillations presents a short ambient intro where sharp and spectral breezes are melting into twinkling chords. Chords of a resonant sequencer are waddling beneath a mellotron mist whereas series of wavy notes are escaping from it to sway hips under strikes of synth congas and bongos. The rhythm becomes more curt and edgy, without accelerating the pace, whereas Transwave Oscillations derives between two rhythms, tribal percussions and arpeggios which sparkle such as serpentines lost in a world where chords become as scattered as percussion and sequenced hits.

After the ambient and tribal Sustained Environment, which floats under nice mellotron layers, Sweeping the Soniq Spectrum offers us a very nice musical intro where nice chimes with piercing sound prisms swirl lasciviously. Quietly, Sweeping the Soniq Spectrum is waking up with soft nasal synth breezes à la Vangelis and slender resonant lines which sing under fine manual percussions. Towards the 5th minute the tempo modifies abruptly its axis to borrow a structure which waves with more velocity and where keyboard keys are entangling with more virile percussions. It’s a powerful rhythm which goes growing under a mixture of synth breezes and solos which are harmonizing under a beautiful tempo with a zest of free jazz style. This is another robust track on Soniq Variant, quite as Dynamic Atmosphere which offers the same kind of structure with its tribal rhythms in constants permutations with more ethereal and level-headed passages. Soft and suave Wave Gliding flickers of its half rhythmic wings on a hybrid structure where the tempo implodes beneath beautiful strata of a warm synth. A nice soft and nervous track which offers beautiful deployments both at the level of still sequences and wrapping synth layers. Contours and Cloudforms ends with a soft melodious intro where delicate arpeggios espouse a bewitching hypnotic circular movement. The movement is disrupted by heavy threatening waves but never explode, contenting to espousing soft rhythms which are the basis of Soniq Variant with crystalline arpeggios which shine with a surprising musicality under the breezes of a synth filled by desert fragrances and of these odd percussions which shape the ghosts of dunes.

I have to admit that I was amazingly surprised by all the delicacy which is hiding behind the progressive, and sometimes insistent, rhythms of Soniq Variant. I don’t know if it has to do with Ensoniq synths and software but this Alpha Wave Movement's last album is of a surprising musicality. A music livened up by beautiful sequences and layers of an oniric synth which doesn’t stop reminding me of Steve Roach's tribal universe with some incursions in the musical universe of Patrick O' Hearn, in particular at the level of those twinkling arpeggios. A very beautiful album which one listens to it as we dream, imprints of a mesmerizing synth harmony. A universe very personal to Gregory Kyryluk!

Sylvain Lupari

gutsofdarkness.com & synth&sequences.com