Spring Showcase for Psychonavigation & Offshoot Records

Spring Showcase for Psychonavigation & Offshoot Records

Derek Carr – Almost Home EP – Offshoot

Detroit styled techno hooks up with drum’n’bass with interesting results.  Carr’s Ep is awash in lush atmospheres, giving a fresh and retro feel that perhaps both genres haven’t experienced in a long while.  Especially the third track. There’s some nice build up, layering and mellowness to it; I feel it’d be a sweet single on vinyl.  I’m hard pressed to describe what this album reminds me of, so I guess take your favorite Detroit track, mix it with your favorite 90s drum’n’bass tune, add a dose of the future, and serve over an ice cold hard drink. (4.7 out of 5)

New Composers – Boring Music – Psychonavigation

You might remember this Russian ambient group from their collaborations with Brian Eno and Pete Namlook.  They return here at last with a new full length album.  This is a very synth oriented album, but it doesn’t rely on pads as much as I would have thought.  It creates gentle melodies and spaces them out, filling in the spaces with brilliant cosmic effects, atmospheres and other strange manipulated sounds.  It’s gentle and subtle at times, while it boldly engages you at others.  Deep space meets the world we touch and live in every day.  Fans of Namlook, FSOL, Eno and Biosphere will enjoy this  Superb. (4.8 out of 5)

The Gateless Gate – Sibir – Offshoot

Siberia is a huge place.  Don’t just imagine it being an icy and empty place, as that part isn’t the complete picture.  There’s a coastline, there are valleys and hills and forests.  This album is like a soundtrack to every region of that vast, huge region.  The music here definitely reflects that with ultra-stretched out synth pads that almost create super melodic drones, manipulated sounds/samples and filtered and textured voices.  This is a long album but that’s a good thing. You can’t create a vast world with short tracks.  Fans of drone, melodic ambient and glacial ambient will enjoy this! (4.8 out of 5)

UOVI – UOVI – Offshoot

Ambient and electronica come together and create something unique here.  It’s like FSOL met up with Boards of Canada, Biosphere, Steve Stoll, and Sense and the final result was this massive, varied eruption… and yet, despite the variance between tracks, still maintains a wholeness that few artists pull off well.  Various synth styles, ambient techniques and subgenre-hopping are just the tip of the iceberg.  There is a lot going on here and it is truly fantastic.  This is the first album under this particular project but the skills and experience of the artist behind it really shine through.  Well done! This really makes me hungry for the next album!  (4.9 out of 5)

Waves on Canvas – Into the North Sea – Psychonavigation

A re-release.  Electronics, modern classical and brilliantly written lyrics and guest-performed vocals make this a very unique piece of work. It’s easy to see why the 7” single “Angel” had so much praise, and even easier to see a reissue of this album as a whole was in high demand.  Elements of ambient, glitch, pop, new wave, experimental, spoken word, and shoegaze also sprout up here and there, giving a wide variety of sounds to this release.  But again, much like the other albums in this showcase, the artist maintains a level of wholeness despite the variety.  A very good album, to say the least. (4.7 out of 5)

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About Nick H.

I'm a geek for music whether it be on vinyl, CD, 78 or whatever. My goal is to sniff out the greated music on Earth, specializing in the obscure. I make music myself as well, mostly ambient and sound collage (1 album out and a few remixes so far). I work full time as a professional mascot (it pays the pills) but will soon retire, i hope.
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One Response to Spring Showcase for Psychonavigation & Offshoot Records

  1. Pingback: UOVI Review By Tuning Into The Obscure | Wandering Eldar & UOVI

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