Pure spacey electronica effortlessly gliding from dark moody ambience to sequence-driven and melodic synth work. There are pieces with up-tempo drums and electric guitar strains reminiscent of early Tangerine Dream, retro-analogue patterns and moments that linger around the edges of 'lounge' music. Deep, moody sonic beds support sparkling melodies and twinkling loops. There are plenty of well-placed sweeps, swishes and special effects woven into the rich synthetic fabric of this generally relaxing collection of nine tracks.
The tone, of course is one of, overwhelming interstellar imagery - bathing in the sublime, slow-motion beauty of planetary movement; soaring, weightless through infinite star scapes; cold and isolated far, far from earth. One moment gently pulsing sequences punctuate drifting synth textures, carrying the listener into restful reverie, the next nimble drum loops light up the night sky and the electronics burble, sparkle and coat everything with a bright sheen. Easy to listen to, easy to drift with in the lighter passages - Cosmology surrounds the listener carrying him away to places so distant that it takes a while to mentally return. The dark, sharp, dense-blue imagery of technology sunken deep among the stars is shot through with an orange radiance and a bold title. A perfect balance for the sounds of Cosmology, Pablo Magne's graphics convey an alien sense of mystery pervading distant human exploration.
Alpha Wave Movement is an artist not bound by era. Gregory Kyryluk is the man behind this project and on the album Cosmology (64'55"), realizes music haunted by its influences. Cosmology is an album of diverse Spacemusic styles as we are shown that there are many ways for one thing to be. Individual sources recede and his works take on an identity all their own. From disco inspired pastiche to prog sparked bravado - to glossy new age sonic explorations of space and romance to the explosive rhythms, shifting harmonies and conquering melodies of outer-space aural dramatizations - Cosmology tracks across Kyryluk's inclusive mindset and on into interstellar space.
Chuck van Zyl / STAR'S END
The tunes on Cosmology also vacillate between upbeat and downtempo, with a strong bend towards upbeat. It's an infectious piece of work that sounds at once familiar and fresh. I'd run out of ink trying to list the influences at work here. "Prologue Sequence", which opens the disk, offers a strong homage to mid-80s Tangerine Dream. It's Berlin School-style perfection, launched into space.
The second and third tracks continue that feel before the album dips just slightly into three pieces that touch a little too closely on a mid-80s New Age-ish feel for my tastes. However, AWM recovers nicely and finishes off by offering the listener a comfy starcruiser seat for the voyage back into the spacemusic realm with the quietly lovely "Distant Edens".
John Shanahan, Hypnogogue
Ich stelle immer wieder fest : Alpha Wave Movement ist ein Garant für Space der besonderen Art :-)
Die -Cosmology- sollte in keiner EM-Sammlung fehlen, denn hier bekommen wir die verschiedensten Stile des Space zu hören. Ob nun so traumhafte, ruhige Stücke wie "Sailing Orion" oder "Distant Edens" oder wieder rhythmische Sachen wie "Celestial Mechanics" oder das dezentere Stück "Rendevouz", welches schon einen leichten Hauch von Soft-Jazz mit rüber bringt, Gregory T. Kyryluk versteht es wie kaum ein anderer, Space in seinen verschiedensten Facetten zu spielen :-)
Es ist immer wieder spannend, sich etwas ältere CDs, wie die aus dem Jahr 2003 stammende -Cosmology- , anzuhören ....und da ich sowieso auf Space stehe, kann ich mich an solch genialer Musik nicht "satthören" :-)