Benn Jordan-Pale Blue Dot

Benn Jordan Pale Blue Dot:

Dedicated to astronomer Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot is a trance inducing  album well suited to thinking about the universe, and your place in it. Significantly more ambient than most of Jordan’s output, his arrangements contain less of the hyper-edited drum parts, and flashy soloing often found in material released under Jordan’s various pseudonyms.  Jordan’s knack for writing beautiful melodies and crafting elegant synthesizer sounds take the forefront on this release. Overall the mood is contemplative, encouraging a state of mind in which you deal with the big questions, rather than many ambient releases which tend to induce a state of relaxation. The music also evokes the same state of wonder as looking up at the stars as a kid or watching one of those Discovery Channel specials about super novas.  As with most of his releases this album explores a lot of interesting territory and uses electronic music to evoke real human emotion in a way that few others can.

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A Dark Orbit – The Voyager EP

A Dark Orbit The Voyager EP :

“Yawn, another dark wave band that should have stopped in the 90s.” I f that was your first thought when reading the name of the band and album, well I can’t blame you. But all is not what is it seems, rather this a metalcore band in the vein of Coalesce. The band plays well and the singer does a good job of matching the music. There is nothing earth shattering here, but it’s different enough so that I can tell this band from the thousand other metalcore bands out there. Though the last track does see the band effectively using drum machines and keyboards to create a sound that Curlupanddie flirted with briefly. This a good introduction to a band that maybe something big in the future.