Javi Canovas / Dead End
Javi Canovas – ‘Dead End’. Review by Geoff Mason. ‘Expulsion’ begins with gentle waves of ambient electronic organ sounds. My imagination is taking me on a long space journey, as if asleep in cryostasis. After 4 minutes effects start to be added and things gradually build. A low note bass sound is followed by a strange sequency section but layed back! I really found this interesting. At nearly 10 minutes in a rapid sequence comes forward, with flute and effects, and I am being mesmerised by this beautiful magic. More sequencer lines are added then a lead line dances over the top and I am in a state of euphoric trance! Nearly 15 minutes and a quite deep pounding rhythm underpins this fantastic brew and the music peaks. I imagine hurtling along in a space chase avoiding asteroids and space debris, turning this way and that way! At about 18 minutes there is a fantastic keyboard playing section with lead lines and effects at a fast pace. There is so much going on like berlin-school heaven and back! Wow! I love this. At over 24 minutes the track only calms to ambience within the last minute. What a track! ‘Pbs Route’ starts with relaxed and spiritual ambient sound, very heart and soul cleansing! New sounds appear at about 3 minutes then soon an undulating hypnotic sound powers through with strange effects, quite weird, as if drug induced! It subsides and a sequence rapidly builds in pace and volume, full of attitude with a mid-70’s TD feel to it, but better! Effects and sequencing join in and I imagine taking part in a ‘space race’! This is incredibly hypnotic euphoric music, and a great pitch-bending lead line plays along. By 14 minutes it breaks down as the layers are stripped away to a calm atmospheric choral and organ section which gives a lovely ending to this piece. My favourite so far! Amazing! ‘Dead End’ starts with strange sounds as if I am in a huge chamber with haunting noises, then organ sounds also bring a rapid sequnce, and effects which come and go. A deeper sequence appears at 6 minutes and builds higher until a flute and high register sequence joins in and again I am flying along in my imaginative world of dreams! Layers are being added and this sounds so full with lead lines and rhythms that I am in raptures! At 15 minutes it dissipates into relaxing chillout ambient synth noises, but only for a single breath when a new sequency rhythm starts with another deeper one! Sounds and effects come and go, and it’s a bit more relaxed than before. At about 21 minutes we come to an atmospheric dead end. In my opinion this album has a 10 out of 10 for quality berlin school that has elements of trance that gives it a more euphoric twist. An absolutely essential album that will withstand repeated listening pleasure!