and more great reviews and more charting of 'Exit Strategy' (DiN37) cd album by Ian Boddy & Parallel Worlds ...
Igloomag.com review(US) :http://igloomag.com/reviews/ian-boddy-parallel-worlds-exit-strategy-din
Pingthings webmag review (Canada) :http://pingthings.blogspot.com/2011/06/exit-strategy-by-ian-boddy-and-parallel.html
Empulsive.de webmag review (DE) :http://www.empulsiv.de/cdreviews/60-ian-boddy-a-parallel-worlds-exit-strategy-din37
Sea Of Tranquility webmag review (US) :http://www.seaoftranquility.org/reviews.php?op=showcontent&id=10905
the album made it into the Echos 'best of 2011 so far' chart:http://echoesblog.wordpress.com/2011/07/06/best-of-echoes-2011-so-far/
and one more great review from 'Dead Earnest' ( www.deadearnest.btinternet.co.uk
) webmag (UK) :
IAN BODDY & PARALLEL WORLDS - Exit Strategy CD
Latest collaboration from the UK synth music pioneer Ian Boddy and Greek synth maestro Bakis Sirros, who's previously released two great albums on DiN, Ian's label, gives us an album that's both dark and beautiful, accessible yet complex and highly engaging from start to finish. For those who need to know such things, it's a predominantly analogue affair, but if you're thinking what I think you're thinking, then don't - this is innovative and accessible music of great quality and changes on every listen. It opens with just under five minutes of sinuous synth flowing over a tide of Sirros' darkly hammering rhythms, the effect both claustrophobic and absolutely riveting as the textures rumble, soar and drive along, all highly charged with the all-important sense of emotion and feel that runs through Boddy's music like lifeblood and is the reason why his electronica stands head and shoulders above most. This segues right into the 8 minutes of "Impresario" where, after a slowly rising intro of great electronic depth, the electro-percussive rhythms shudder, wheeze and hammer as this mid-paced river of rhythm underpins the myriad layers of space synths, darkly textured electronics, distant resonant fx and then this almost melodic top layer of string-like, almost middle-eastern sounding synths that changes shape as the rhythms also change shape and the whole picture goes from dark shudder to open-ended gallop, only to come to an abrupt stop as the piece suddenly drops the rhythm altogether and enters this haze of cosmic light, only then for those juddering beats to return, add the melody lines and drive to what you'd think would be the finale but then the musicians take you by surprise and give you a celestial, rhythm-free outflow that's absolutely riveting. The near 7 minute "Soliloquy" could well be what an other-worldly Vangelis would have used throughout the "Bladerunner" film had it been a much darker offering, and the result is something that echoes the beauty of that work yet here retains the element of crunch, of solid structure and almost menacing intent. At just over 7 minutes, "Entwined" is one of those deep, dark, shifting, sliding, flowing worlds of multi-textural blackness that's infused with shafts of light just to let you know that there is hope on the other side of the universe through which you're travelling as the assorted electronic layers give you drift and drive in a rhythm-free environment. As is the case on the whole album, without a break, it's right into the 10 minute title track and from the end strains of the cosmos unfolding, the duo provide a track that chops and changes throughout, from galloping darkly percussive rhythms and undercurrents to top layers that are positively joyful, and all point in between. They manage to mix melody, rhythm, exploration, a river of glissando-like top layers and more, to come up with something that's as unnerving as it is breathtaking, never standing still, always changing its path and, almost no matter how many times you listen to it, completely unpredictable - yet it works, thanks to the passion and feelings that they inject into what, in anyone else's hands, would be an unstructured set of unfinished ideas. The 5 minute "Hidden" is another multi-layered space-synths track but really solid stuff with that all-pervading darkness running through its depths. Finally, there's the near 10 minute "Return" which starts in a kind of richly menacing, orchestrally shimmering space thunder, as assorted sounds and percussives rattle around, ushering in this enormous sounding sea of bass synth texture, flowing oceans of strings and a solid, seriously ethereal, expansive soundscape that rises up then almost disappears as a new set of sounds comes from the distance before the previous landscape returns, only this time more distant, but growing louder by the minute as it ploughs a path of ever strengthening menace. These waves of layers and rhythms enter and return, mixing space and drive, texture and melody, rhythm and cosmos, all in one mighty, flowing finale.
It turns out that much of the music was played by Sirros and "sculpted" by Boddy, who added what I call the "top layers" and the glissando-like textures, so it's a collaboration but, in keeping with what Ian does, something quite extraordinary.
I used to review tons and tons of synth music releases, but they lost their flavour when everything became just an endless sea of recycling Tangerine Dream and Klaus Schulze - with anything on DiN and anything with Ian Boddy's name attached to it, you can be sure that every release will be something new, an adventure, something exciting - you may not always like every single album, but you'll always appreciate the work of a true pioneer who refuses to conform - even on an album such as this collaboration where he's integral in the sound and construction of a guy like Sirros' template, it hits the spot to perfection.
Info / Clips / Purchase:http://www.din.org.uk/din/node/386