on 12 November 2012
For me, this album is more like listening to a mix CD than an artist album. It is like a mix of: Gorgeous-era 808-State; Plaid and Black Dog; Boards of Canada; Orbital; the music from the original Sonic the Hedgehog on the Sega Megadrive; a few bits of early 90s hardcore and rave; some very early trance such as Cosmic Baby or Resistance D; very early progressive house (maybe such as Gargantuan by Spooky); mu-Ziq; Mouse on Mars; and a few other random bits of electronic music from the last 20 years.
Now that sounds like a pretty good mix CD, and it is, however I'm just not 100% sure it works for me as an artist album. I'm not sure he really knows what he wants to be. If you compare it to something like Severant by Kuedo, that work draws on a very different era for inspiration, but it is both consistent in what it is trying to do and it really adds something new to the inspiration as well. I feel like if Lone would pick one thing he wants to build on he could use that sound and start to make it his own. As it stands it feels like he is trying different clothes on and can't work out which one suits him.
I do like this album and I listen to it, and I am only critical because I think he is capable of great things.
on 9 July 2012
Lone is the production name for a Manchester based producer called Matt Cutler. I first heard about him through a review of Galaxy Garden in a music magazine. Based on that review I checked it out on You Tube and am I glad that I did.
Galaxy Garden is an intergalactic-futuristic electronic album with many different layers, elements and inspirations.
The tempo and main element of many of the tracks is provided by percussion which leans heavily on a Calypso style with bongo's, steel drums and beats mixed and woven together.
This is supported by dreamy organ and synthesizer loops that are played to a very high standard and in some places are quite intricate. This is prevalent on tracks New Colour and Lying In The Reeds which are very 80's inspired and provoke memories of Axel Foley's Beverley Hill's Cop soundtrack and US TV shows like Airwolf and The A-Team.
Staying with the 80's inspiration Animal Pattern sounds like its main body has been lifted from a platform game on the Sega Master System or early Nintendo consoles. As a child from that era it's all very evocative and nostalgic.
Crystal Caverns 1991 is a nod to the early rave scene and relies heavily on a sample from SL2's `DJ's Take Control'. The drop into the main body of this track will have old raver's wishing they could take a trip back to the heady days of Raindance and Utopia events.
As A Child has a beat and feel that is inspired by early 90's Hardcore / Jungle and Lying in the Reeds is pure early 90's tech house inspired.
With all these beats and synth's flying about you need some body to hold it all together and Lone uses bass for this. Throughout the bass is used intelligently and is often growling, intense and direct. Whilst this is a heavenly collection of work the bass is definitely from a hard, industrial place and would give any decent system a good work out.
The added sounds and effects add layers of beauty and provide a backdrop that allows the tracks to take the listener on a journey through space. Into a place that is literally `out of this world'. Space stations and orbiting planets come to mind. The Cloud City from The Empire Strikes Back or cities of the future like in in Blade Runner. The intro's and breaks are uplifting, awesome and powerful.
Lone also uses three interludes to break the collection up and he uses these intelligently as buffers in the right places. They are mesmerizing and beautiful on their own and this is no more found than in Stand Tidal Waves which is almost spiritual and then leads beautifully into Spirals where Anneka's vocals will massage your ears.
Whilst much of the inspiration is taken from the 80's and early 90's the overall sound is still very now and in the future. It is new, fun, exciting and vibrant. And I dare anyone to offer something that sounds so fresh as of the date of writing this review.
If you are fan of electronic music then this album, whilst being very detailed and intricate, is very listener friendly. It invites you in with open arms and takes you to another place which, depending on your imagination, can be literally anywhere in the future. It is an epic soundscape that is all directed for your hearing pleasure. My advice would be to get yourself some decent headphones and lay down and listen to this. You will be completely immersed in another world on a journey through space and time.
This is a wonderful piece of work and should be commended highly. Lone's production skills are very high and there for all to hear and if you get this I sincerely hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
I honestly thought I was listening too 808 State at first. That's the initial feeling, however , this definitely belongs to 21st Century. The other reviewer's said everything I wanted too, and better, all I will say to other potential buyer's is DON'T HESITATE!!! And if you were there like I was "back in the day" (YES...I'm THAT old!!!) this will take right back to those Halcyon Day's of " The Hacienda " , " Shoom " , " Raindance " ," The Clink " ," Labyrinth or " Downham Tavern ", or if your new to the scene your in for some Old Skool Choon's, given a new splash of colour...HAPPY DAZE!!!!