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Andrei Lanes
Hydra Missing, Fear The Worst

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.

-Susan Frances

Track Listing:
1. Jade Blue Afterglow
2. In Spirals
3. Colors In Motion
4. Aleera
5. Acid Burn
6. Soft Light
7. Access Granted
8. Amalgama
9. Space In Time
10. Area 51
11. Hello Stranger
12. Urschleim In Silicon
13. Hydra Missing

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