"Traditional Psychedelic Electronic Music" CD
Attractors Audio House
Genres: drone, ambient, electronica
PO Box 13007
May 11 - 18 2002
Music is Alex Bundy, one of the members of the well-known
drone-rock outfit, Yume Bitsu. On this album, Bundy finds himself
exploring the musical territory of classic experimental electronic
legends such as Tangerine Dream and Klaus Schulze.
The result is a wonderful collection of ambient electronic pieces
that flow together wonderfully. It is amazing how Bundy timed
everything - every beat and melody is placed carefully and flawlessly,
providing a warm, airy sound that carries you off onto another planet.
The album is very peaceful and relaxing, yet emotionally potent as
well. As such, it makes great bedroom listening. One night, I played
it in the dark while going to sleep; needless to say, I was carried
into a trance, and my dreams were stunningly intergalactic.
This album lives up to all the expectations of a Strange Attractors
release. While it may not be as "poppy" or accessable as Yume
Bitsu's work as a band, this was obviously the intention of Bundy,
whose dronework is content to serve as an experiment in ambient melody
and sound sculpture. "Tribute," for example, is a long,
melodic piece that moves seamlessly through shifting drones and moody
keyboarding. It's like alien relaxation music; it seems like it fits
somewhere in between Enigma and Can. Meanwhile, the
aptly-titled "Another World" is an ambient epic - it comes
through with a cinematic brilliance that is unsurpassed by many of
today's experimental electronic outfits.
Altogether, "Traditional Psychedelic..." is a wonderful
purchase for those interested in ambient drone music that borders the
line between the timeless work of Klaus Schulze and that of
modern visionaries like Peter Namlook and Bill Laswell.