New York City's techno clubs have a reputation for spinning mind
numbing electro-pop music through its speakers, but the city's
premier ambient producer Andrei Lanes senses music that
takes the genre to a new platform where the mind and body are
lucid of each other and reciprocate each others' actions. The
result is an opus of successive compositions digitally mastered
and orchestrally endowed, made from ciphers of calibrated sounds
and aperture settings that create aural vignettes of human behavior
and thought processes.
His sophomore release Hydra Missing, Fear The Worst, the
follow up to his 2005 debut album Smoke & Mirrors,
relates the weightless forms of Cirque du Soleil and the
excitement of Blue Man Group. The numbers are descriptive
of human action and feats of unearthly boundaries. They challenge
the mind and effect the body's abilities. The music is an experience
in and of itself, opening with the stimulating "Jade Blue
Afterglow." The album is lit with vitreous lines, pronounced
notations, and textural effects chiming, gliding, bubbling, somersaulting,
and making angular strikes along a tight rope. The photogenic
quality of numbers like "Acid Burn" and "Access
Granted" are engendered with ambient frequencies that are
futuristic in tone and exotically entrancing.
The multitude of notes shimmying, scaling, vibrating, and blazing
across each other transfix selections like "Amalgama"
and "Area 51" with a mystical matrix. The flashes of
sounds and apparitional sequences lance through each other and
form a celestial harmony. "Urschleim In Silicon" (Urschleim
is a German word meaning a protoplasm from which all life originated
from) is suited with techno-pop phrasings and sonic effects that
glitter along a flutter of sound waves. The composition is bathed
in a luminous glow which gives Lanes music an orchestral loom.
Orchestral electronica is what Andrei Lanes has discovered with
his experimental processes. The digital sounds work in harmony
with each other and form voluminous creations that portray human
thoughts and actions. The surreal feats are magically plied and
ambiently phrased. The fusion of sound waves and digital effects
are familiar in Enigma's music, and yet uniquely arranged
in Lanes' compositions. The realm of orchestral electronica has
more untapped crevices than anyone knows, and Lanes is still scoping
out their hidden secrets as he is currently working on his third
album due out later this year.
1. Jade Blue Afterglow
2. In Spirals
3. Colors In Motion
5. Acid Burn
6. Soft Light
7. Access Granted
9. Space In Time
10. Area 51
11. Hello Stranger
12. Urschleim In Silicon
13. Hydra Missing
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