Javi Cánovas / Axiom
‘Sima’ has rapid sequencing reminding me of J.M.Jarre’s ‘Arpegiator’ and I’m immediately catapulted into head-nodding mode as this is very entrancing!
‘Descent’ starts with a single note tone followed and joined by rhythmic sequencing that sound reminiscent of Edgar Froese’s ‘Drunken Mozart In The Desert’. A second rhythm joins in with effects and is rather hypnotic stuff!
‘Masker’ starts with an unusual jerky but interesting rhythm and atmospheric swooshes, being joined by accompanying notes, and is a very enjoyable piece.
‘Axiom’ starts with cathedral-like atmospheric swooshes, then a 100 mile an hour sequencer is deployed followed by a second and I imagine hurtling along on a ‘space-bike’ through a continuously morphing alien landscape as the music builds to a completely body moving trance-experience. It all fades into atmos’. Fantastic!
‘Invisible Symbol’ plays piano that create feelings of emotion, sadness and reflective thoughts. Beautiful playing with atmospheric synth doodlings that make this piece stand out to reach your heart.
‘Hydrometry’ starts with rapid sequencing and is joined by effects and lead lines and atmospherics that break back down into atmospheric end. Nice one.
‘Crush’ opens with blippy sounds and a mid-paced sequence that builds with a bassy thudding rhythm and added sequencing that builds and peaks. Play this on your car stereo on the motorway or autobahn and you are likely to exceed all speed records!
‘Forbidden Zone’ brings us atmos’ and weird effects in waves and random notes with synth washes and even more effects, and it is all very enjoyable.
‘Relapse’ is immediately very rhythmic with effects and is the polar opposite of the previous track, and sounds like a classic tune with a sense of purpose. A lead line and I am reminded of mid-80’s Klaus Schulze. The strength in this album is in it’s variety.
‘The Seeker’ begins with a 5 note rhythm and atmos’, then extra notes are added to the rhythm and it gradually builds to a rapid sequency rhythm and washes of atmospherics. Wonderful!
‘Transcription’ has bouncy rhythm joined by atmospherics and builds in volume and intensity, with effects along the way, giving a sense of automaton.
‘Allegory’ is a fantastic piece of rhythmics and effects not too different to the industrial-synth-pop of artists like ‘Mesh’ and ‘Tenek’ of the UK and Europe. This is something that I could actually imagine being played in any night club that specialises in ‘industrial dark synth’ music! I absolutely loved this piece!
‘Almost Imperseptible’ opens with atmospherics and a rapid rhythm keeps appearing with Jarre-like effects and a lead line plays over the top, sounding epic!
‘Heavy Colour’ has atmos’ and is heavy with effects and an air of anticipation. I feel like I am in a huge dark chamber, forever? A huge sound washes over and a half heard rhythm comes and goes. It’s actually quite soothing and relaxing along similar lines to John Foxx’s ‘Cathedral Oceans’ ambient albums.
Overall an excellent albums of shorter pieces with plenty of variety that show off Javi’s versatility and creativity.
Review by Geoff Mason.