30 April 2014

Vortex Mechanic - At the Edge of Solar System

Record: 2014 • Edition: 2014 • USC-WR-1404.0205
Traditional Electronic, Psy-Ambient, Space

Solar system is a giant cosmic city. The planets, warmed with heat near the Sun, chase each other, while on the edge of the Solar system, where cold reigns, frozen worlds live their mysterious life in unhurried motion. Here, on the boundary, the Sun is so far, that it can hardly be found among billions of alien stars in the sky. Anxious darkness enchants, and so near extrasolar space is beckoning. And still we are under protection of the gravity of our star. One little step is enough to leave our home. And there... And there are scaring infinity and emptiness full of dangers there. Let's stay here, on the very frontier, and enjoy mysteriousness and majesty of the borderline of presence of our Sun.

Tracklist: 01.Sleepy Giant (20:05) 02.Saturn Rings Traveler (9:24) 03.Near Star Calling (9:30) 04.Plutonia (15:40) 05.Erida Nights (9:53) 06.Last Sunset Over Phaeton (4:01)

Composed by Vortex Mechanic. Keyboards, synthesizers, programmed, written and arranged by Alexey Markov. Painting and artwork by Anna Riet.

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1 comment:

  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.
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