Albion is a conceptual album whose thematic deals with cultural diffusion, global landscapes of ideas, mental forms and knowledge’s under the angle of the neo-colonialism’s hegemonic process.
Less than a year ago I reviewed Yair Etziony’s dark psychedelic and “kosmische” retro electronic-tinged effort Delphi which made a nice impression. Was curious to give a listen on this new effort which is said to be the final chapter in the Mist In Corners trilogy. Also published on the highly acclaimed False industries, this Albion is a conceptual album whose thematic deals with cultural diffusion, global landscapes of ideas, mental forms and knowledge’s under the angle of the neo-colonialism’s hegemonic process.
Musically if Delphi represented the acid-doom ritualistic experimental facet of the project, Albion embraces a more melodious path and more groovy electronic patterns, relegating to the background the more occult avant-garde approach of the previous offering. This release is a heavily synthesized affair which brings to the fore a dynamic body of clear sounding sound sculptures, catchy synth-waving structures and drum machine programming. The retro-kosmische dimension provided by the use of classic electronic keyboards is maintained to obtain very sountracky and mysteriously sonic ambiences.
Compositions are obsessionally minimalist, punchy, cinematic with a nice introspect sentimental feel which can eventually be associated with the 80s solo works of Peter Baumann, like in the spacey and melodically luminous “Avalon.” Titles would definitely fit for scoring specific scenes in B-grade exploitation films. This is a descent album with a radical old fashion retro-like electronic synth style that will ravish fans of thrilling sci-fi scores by John Carpenter, tropical psych-electronic hits of Tonto’s Expanding head band and Giorgo Moroder’s pulsating disco-trance grooves.
Albion is available on False Industries.