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Artist: Outer Space
Title: Akashic Record (Events: 1986-1990)
Format: 12"
Label: Spectrum Spools/Mego (@)
Rated: *****
Just like a skilled team of competent mechanical engineers, whose assignment is the crossing of the highest peaks of technology or the improvement of an already perfect machine, the (musically) incontinent musician John Elliott, his precious assistant Andrew Veres and a strong cast of occasional and habitual collaborators - Jeff Hatfield from Fragments, Philip Whiteside from Wavehead and former Coil member Drew Mcdowall - equips winged steeds from notorious stables such as those ones by Klaus Schulze, Ozric Tentacles or Ash Ra Tempel with enhanced caparison, forged with the help of old-fashioned, but always tremendously incisive, sound machines suh as the glorious Korg MS20, Arp Solus, Moog or Roland Rs-101 in order to push his solo-project Outer Space amidst the cases of Akasha, a sort of all-embracing archive or a universal supercomputer including all fatcs about humans and cosmos, which can be accessed through a deep hypnotic state or so-called astral projections according to theosophy, and take some note from its huge records. Beyond its unavoidable mystical references, ascribable to that "vanity" of sound, which was stigmatized by Herr Schulze, it seems that John grinded Outer Space's sound with more aggressive synth cycles, whose gnashing sounds like tracing a Gaussian curve as it reaches its peak in the "central" track "The Fifth Column", whereas the ascending line begins with the hollow intro of "Ellipse" which precedes the first psychedelic sequence and continues on the heady synth-loops of "11:38" - maybe the most kindred to Schulze's cosmic trots - and the descending stretch begins with the entrancing computational melody of "October 27th, 1989 - Bay Village, Ohio" and softly lands on the placid waves of "February 8th, 1990 - Ashland, Ohio". "Akashic Record (Events: 1986 - 1990)" is definitively pure bliss for synth lovers!


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