22 September 2014

Vortex Mechanic - Forecasting the Future

Record: 2013-2014 • Edition: 2014 • USC-WR-1409.0220
Traditional Electronic, Berlin School, Psy-Ambient

Future. Forthcoming. The state of time which will certainly happen and take form of the present. But in this instance future is not a state of time, future is a state of society, culture and science. Being in progress, the world follows from age to age, and then a moment comes when every dweller on Earth may say for sure: "Yes, I'm already living in the future now, it has come!". This state of society ripens very slowly, but inevitably - hereof futurists, scientists and sociologists say. Touch of the future can be felt more and more in the present. And one day, as quite occasionally, but leaving no doubts, so rapidly the age of tomorrow comes and enters everyday life of everyone. Let's look what is occurring around us. Reuniting all factors, we can say with confidence, that the future is already knocking at our doors! We live in the century of premonition of aftertime - a little more and it will come. Are we ready for this?

Tracklist: 01.Dreams of an Analogue Structure (5:54) 02.Science Fiction Childhood (3:08) 03.Muse for Tomorrow (8:15) 04.Imagines by Mind (6:50) 05.Utopia (7:37) 06.Premonition of the Forthcoming (7:07) 07.High Town Patrol (5:33) 08.Knocking at the Next Door (13:12) 09.Imminent Atlantis (6:33) 10.Combining Stars (7:12) 11.Last Answer (Without a Question) (10:34)

Composed by Vortex Mechanic. Keyboards, synthesizers, programmed and arranged by Alexey Markov. Written by Alexey Markov and Anna Riet (track 11). CGI by Lenord. 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.
    [Music Zeit Update 70, 12.10.2014]