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Lanes
Fractal Collapse
(self-released)
www.lanespro.com


If you magnify the echoes made from drops of water as they travel down steel pipes, you might discover what Andrei Lanes has; an orchestra of sounds that makes for a solid basis in which to build full-bodied compositions. Electronic artist Andrei Lanes is at it once again with his latest release Fractal Collapse, building electronic symphonies that transport the listener to magical sounding realms. These are places that require a vivid imagination in order to be able to construct, like the imagination it takes to follow the echoing sounds made by droplets of water as they pass through steel pipes. Andrei's use of mobile digital beats wired by shapeshifting electronic impulses is wickedly esoteric and scintillating to the senses. He uses robotic movements moderately and accentuates the sci-fi aspects which make listeners feel like they are traveling into another galaxy. Galactic-electronica and cosmic-techno are forms of music that Andrei creates on Fractal Collapse. It is unlike anything you have experienced, yet the music has melodic esthetics which make it appealing for global audiences to enjoy, and avant-garde enough to make it a unique artistic expression with ambient-soaked landscapes and sonic valves. It is an album that is impossible to dislike no matter what are your musical preferences.

Tracks like "Ad Noctvm," "Shapeshifter," and "Samaire" feel like child's play using electronica linings, digital schematics and laser-like formations that excite, fascinate and hold the listener in awe of an empyrean world. Performed, arranged and produced by Lanes, the album suspends a startling constellation of galactic atmospherics and spy-like thematics using a multitude of spectral hues. The opening track "Eyeliner" combines robotic and organic piercings with a child-like play, as the funky digital fragments of "Phantom" paint a sonic landscape with a deluge of wiggling notes and squiggling lines. The capsules of notes alternate from moving with swiftly skiing glides to erecting colossal electronic bonfires. The spellbinding tonic of sound waves in "Amyland," which is dedicated to Evanescence's lead singer Amy Lee, evolves into fascinating sonic contraptions. Following in this artistic vane is the fuselage of suspense-filled electronic patterns of "Hydra Electrolight" with notes moving all over the place, jostling about while maintaining a symphonic unity and preening a shiny lapis lazuli luster. The magnetic fields of "Balearic Interchange" have a startling brilliance, while the beguiling ninja movements of "Cheshire (Delta Edit)" prompt martial arts captions in the mobility of the electronic notes.

Fractal Collapse is all instrumentals so there are no lyrics and the tracks don't suffer from a lack of vocals. Lanes keeps the music moving and transforming into new art forms, which make them attractive in and of themselves. I found nothing to dislike about Fractal Collapse, but a lot to like. The electronica formations and digital soundscapes are decorative, but they also feel very natural and empyreal. It is like the music that you expect galaxies to make with the instruments that you expect their heavenly bodies to use. The album has rich content and ingenuity, which engages in outer-space dimensions. It is music that you don't mind being consumed by, you may even welcome the onslaught of electronic music.

-Susan Frances


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