Alpha Wave Movement
Harmonic Resonance Recordings
11th Sept 2018
This album is advertised as the first volume in what one assumes will be a series. A compendium of serene space music from the Alpha Wave Movement catalogue spanning back into the 1990’s. Which is available to purchase in both CD and digital format.
If you’ve dipped into the AWM considerably extensive catalogue at all, then you will already be aware of the use of analogue synths, sequencers and Berlin school influence. The album begins with the title track, which is one of two previously unreleased tracks featured. The dark drones soon lighten with lush harmonies that are peppered with sci-fi effects and already you can draw comparisons to the likes of Klaus Shultz, Steve Roach or Erik Wollo.
This collection works well for me as it comprises pieces I’m unfamiliar with alongside enjoyable reminders of pieces I’ve previously listened to. ‘The Tender Sea of Space’ for example is possibly my favourite piece from the ‘Celestial Chronicles’ album due to the complete sense of relaxation achieved when listening to this beautiful composition. While ‘Slow Voyage’ a track I either haven’t heard before or at least can’t recall, maintains the feeling of calm utilising a heavenly chorus before petering out into Tangerine Dream like sequencers and this is just the first three of ten tracks.
You could argue the album is very much of a muchness. However, if the more ambient side of the AWM productions that appeal to you, or your a Berlin school fan whose unfamiliar with his work and you wish to dig deeper, then this collection is a good bet.
Review by Woodzee