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Hypnos Label Releases / Villa Galaxia - Saul Stokes. Some Impressions.
« on: August 05, 2008, 05:38:36 AM »
Giving Villa Galaxia a good listen now- I daresay that it sounds very different from what I have heard thus far from Saul.  It's poppy, and quite Ulrich Schnauss sounding....and don't anyone dare take that in a negative way, I love Ulrich and will defend his wonderful music with great vigour- I honestly don't understand some of the negative press he gets!  Jealousy I think  ;)

This isn't a review....god forbid I'd post a review after my last post which got me into a spot of trouble by the reviewers who frequent the forum! ;)  but it's more a description of some parts of the album, to whet your appetite if you haven't already got the album:

"Hello Radar" is a great opening track, featuring wide-eyed crispy keyboard sounds, and a nice moody bassline.  I can feel that I'm really going to like this- you know the feeling, when an album taps you on the shoulder and goes, "Are you ready?  we are about to become good friends...."  It happens far too infrequently don't you think.  "Vapor trails"  Slightly melancholy second track- with some great outro key washes. yay.  "Blaze" is completely different and brings the album to a, dare I use the word, "chilled" place with it's slightly more, well, serious and blue feeling.  I really like the big sunny melodies on "Night Painting".  Vibrant, primary colours, sweet sounds.  Fingerpainting.  "Eta Car is a massive Star" sounds like an epic Mario Bros game, full of detail and shimmering pixely effects (I don't know what that means either).  Really lovely.  This is an excellent album that will attract many listeners.  It's full of nooks and crannies and quite delirious.  I like!  Nay, love!

Bravo Saul!

Please add some of your own more coherent impressions of the album.  What do you think?

Everything and Nothing / What does this music do to you?
« on: July 26, 2008, 06:01:03 PM »
Electronic/ambient music functions differently for me than any other type of music.  It accompanies me, and like a chameleon, the same piece will transform along with my moods.  This may sound whacky and drug-induced, but when I walk along listening to ambient on my ipod, it's almost as if I am re-seeing the world through a piece of coloured cellophane paper, or a kaleidoscope.  Certain albums will also bring me to the same place.  Mantram by Steve Roach is one that just takes me to such a distinct place, yet suits whatever mood i am in.  Ambient music really affects me, which probably explains why I listen to so much of it, and feel the need to create it as well.  What about you?  What does it do for you?  And is the feeling the same after years of listening.

I just got "Outfolding" and "Vast" today, and have to say that I love Saul's style.  Very hypnotic, but with a really fresh and experimental (in a good way) feel.  I get the feeling that there are no rules, listening to Outfolding- something can happen that is absolutely unexpected and I love that- particularly because it still sounds within the bounds of one distinct style, not just random experimentation. 

It reminds me of some old computer game space rpgs that I used to play. :)

Any other albums of his I should listen to next?

Full stream and download here:  It's kind of Roachy, Namlook, Vidna, Eno, Telomere influenced.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Hi from Deepspace
« on: June 08, 2008, 12:06:55 AM »
Hi, I've only just joined the Hypnos forums, and am excited at meeting some of the artists/listeners here.

Allow me to introduce myself:

I write ambient music, and have released three albums and 1 ep since 'debuting' last May 2007.
I've been fortunate enough to have had an interview and review by Phil Derby published in June 2008 issue of Electroambient Space. 
Feel free to have a look if you want to find out any more.

If you want to listen to any of my music, try here:

I look forward to exploring these forums and listening to lots of artists, and meeting people.



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