Thursday, 25 September 2014

Alpha Wave Movement 'Horizons' Review

Artist: Alpha Wave Movement

Title: Horizons

Label: Harmonic Resonance Recordings

Released: September 2014

Gregory Kyryluk has released music under various monikers since the early 90's on labels such as Groove Unlimited, Silent Records, Waveform Records, Spiralight and his own label Harmonic Resonance Recordings. This collection of recordings has been created over a number of years until the point Gregory felt they could be released as a cohesive whole where the tracks flow from one to the next throughout the album.

The album begins with the title track an excursion into deep space ambience with almost orchestral feel adding drums in places and dropping into melodic key breakdowns at others. This is followed by 'Traveller' which sounds like a melting pot of Tangerine Dream, Klaus Schulze and Ozric Tentacles without the guitars wonderful stuff.

'Impressions' begins with an intro where the synths wash over you before deep chords switch the vibe which once again appears to be heavily influenced by the German style of space music. This time perhaps with a little more of an 80's feel than before. 'Starbound' is an aptly named track with an eerie sci-fi intro and vaguely audible tribal chants that eases into an deep ambience and once again has a touch of early Ozrics about it.

The album continues in a similar vein with 'Shanti' which once again for me is reminiscent of Tangerine Dream and finishes with 'Remnant' which is perhaps a little more layered than the rest of the album, but still gives the impression that Gregory is giving a nod back to his influences of yesteryear.

To wrap it up this is a great album to chill out to and the use of organic rather than digital drums forms the impression of a band. Which in turn helps form passages in his pieces to reflect the sounds of acts previously mentioned like Tangerine Dream and Ozric Tentacles.

Review by Woodzee.


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