20 February 2014

Vortex Mechanic - Etherwind

Record: 2013-2014 • Edition: 2014 • USC-WR-1402.0203
Traditional Electronic, Berlin School, Psy-Ambient

The long road of learning is strewn with obstacles and provides many enticing detours that seem quite reliable, however, eventually lead to a dead end. Sometimes you have to stop and return to what once was unfairly rejected. And here we are again where we started, therefore we have to blaze a new path... We must gain the courage to recognize that many modern concepts - err, and to pull out of the dark closet forbidden knowledge. We must cease inventing the false postulates and deduce from them theories intractable for the mind. We must sweep aside the abstractness of thinking and realize that lack of understanding of the essence of things - not our inability to interpret them, but merely the wrong approach. It is time to open your mind and accept - Ether!

Tracklist: 01.Etherwind (4:55) 02.Veil of Our Misconceptions (11:28) 03.Amer by Amer (9:30) 04.Infinite Divisibility (6:24) 05.Andylove (7:03) 06.If Tomorrow Sun Never Goes Up (7:08) 07.Fusion in the Distance (Like a Lovers Dance) (4:50) 08.Vortex Creation (10:20)

Composed by Vortex Mechanic. All instruments programmed, keyboards and synthesizers played, music arranged by Alexey Markov. Music written by Alexey Markov, Anna Riet (tracks 2, 6) and Mike Winchester (track 6). 3D modelling by Ellen Meiselman. Artwork by Anna Riet.

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  1. A new name to me is Vortex Mechanic. They have uploaded three albums, all originally released within a seven month period. The first seems to be ‘Etherwind’. The opening track is a real jaw dropper. Berlin School sequences mix with a driving beat that will really shake the foundations. It is so exciting. The second number allows us to catch our breath, chugging along nicely with a sublime shimmering melody twinkling over the top. It is then foot back down on the accelerator again but the mood is certainly different to the opener being more Jarre based. Does anyone remember an artist called Fin who materialised probably about 15 years ago with two very limited edition albums? Well, if you do, it sounds very similar to that. The infectious foot tapping irresistibility of the music continues through to the next track then the pace is slowed again for a pleasant drifting piece. You just know though that this is an interlude before we move into another Jarrish type track but it is as if it had been interpreted through the eyes of Picasso then further transformed by Andy Warhol. Normal service is resumed for the last two tracks being steady but still powerful chuggers. Wow, what an incredible album! In my opinion, a simply essential purchase.

    The second album ‘At the Edge of the Solar System’ is very different indeed. The opener fits much more into the ambient scene but the swirling soundstage is more intense than would usually be found within that genre. The rest of the tracks are fairly rhythmic and pleasant. To me this is more Sunday morning stuff, enough movement to get you awake but still peaceful enough to listen to accompanied by a nice cup of the very finest coffee.

    The third album ‘Forecasting the Future’ has sequences on every track and to me comes over as in the middle ground between ‘Etherwind’ and ‘At the Edge of the Solar System’. There is no doubt that to me that Vortex Mechanic is one of my favourite new finds in a long time. Start the day with ‘Edge….’ Move on to ‘Forecasting…..’ for the afternoon and have a real exciting blast in the evening with ‘Etherwind’ Mind you, I would probably have to play ‘Edge….’ Again to calm me down before going to bed.
    [Music Zeit Update 70, 12.10.2014]