What does it sound like?:
You may have heard of Robert Reed as the founder and keyboard player from Welsh prog rockers, Magenta or from his “Mike Oldfield” inspired series of albums under the “Sanctuary” moniker.
For his latest project he goes back to his childhood love of Jean Michel Jarre’s “Oxygene” to create an Electronic music album, very much in the style of JMJ, Vangelis, Tangerine Dream et al. He’s joined by folk musician (and Mike Oldfield alumni) Les Penning (who also appears on hs Sanctuary albums and various singles) who adds some narration at (mainly) the start. There is apparently a Sci-Fi theme to all this (the deluxe edition includes a graphic novel by Les Penning – I only have the download), but you don’t really need to know that. Its a glorious hour of atmospheric synth, pulsing rhythms and beautiful melodies. You’ll immediately be reminded of JMJ, but will hear bits of Vangelis and Tangerine Dream at their finest. Whilst the inspiration is evident, it doesn’t come across as a pastiche and stands up to feeling equally modern.
Also available is a bonus disc… Cursus – A Symphonic Poem, which is a more “classical” take on the same piece, with flourishes of his Mike Oldfield inspiration. Worth having, but I still prefer the electronic music version.
What does it all *mean*?
Talented musicians can create great music whatever the genre is.
Goes well with…
Being largely instrumental, this works equally well in the background or from the benefit of concentrated listening. This album has been one of my “go to” albums these past afternoons when I couldn’t decide what I wanted to listen to.
Might suit people who like…
Jean Michel Jarre, Vangelis, Tangerine Dream, Symphonic Rock