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Javi Canovas / Monochrome Time

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Javi Canovas / Monochrome Time

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Javi Canovas / Monochrome Time



Javi Canovas – Monochrome Time
“Having just listened to this album I would kind of describe it as like a soundtrack to a science fiction film based on an alien planet, or just a cohesive collection of musical impressions, like what TD might have done with Sorcerer but 40 years on! First track ‘Freedom’ started beautifully with pleasant ambient atmospheric swooshes. Relaxing reflective, simple and effective. ‘Outward’ has metallic effects echoing from ear-to-ear, a drum-like rhythm builds then a speeding sequencer appears then we are getting deep pounding meditation interspersed with metallic sounds, then fades out. Interesting mix, and enjoyable. ‘Toward The Unknown’ starts with a deep organ sound, a rhythm builds with sequencing going mad, wonderful body moving stuff! Layers weave through each other like going on a fantastic journey. Wow! I loved this one! ‘Re-Echoes’ lives up to its name. Effects and a deafening rumble of power rises in anticipation, effects are echoing like reverberating shock waves, you feel like you are standing between two metallic buildings that resonate sound bouncing off one another. ‘Inductance’ has a brief ambient intro and a huge deep sequencing along with metallic effects, sequences bouncing along up and down in crescendos, an almost Kraftwerk like track. This is fantastic, my favourite piece so far! ‘Demarcation’ has a huge filmic burbling sound and metallic echoing, strangely like Vangelis. There is ambient atmospherics flowing with electronics. My imagination was far away. ‘Until The Extenuation’ has many sounds and atmospherics building with a mid-paced rhythm, rather percussive in nature, much was going on to keep your attention fully, but not over-cluttered. Pleasantly different. ‘Cataclysm’ starts with sequencers and a deep rumbling building with swirling wind effects, more being added. A storm is brewing heading for a ‘cataclysmic event’ like an epic tornado swirling around in a couldron of sounds and effects, sonic booms in the distance and aftershocks echoing. Fantastic track! ‘Drops Of Solitude’ has metallic stirrings along with a two-note deep hypnotic rhythm, metallic sequence arrives with more effects driving along quite nicely. It would work very well as a movie trailer. ‘The Wait’ starts with rhythmic tapping and drumming sounds and a dancey sequencing, then a ground shaking deep bass sound underpins, then synth sounds are introduced into the mix, this continues nicely to the end. ‘Volatile’ starts with loud ambient noises and sequences come quickly building with urgency, sounds and effects come and go. This is a powerful mix of sounds that could form part of a much longer piece. ‘Quadrature’ begins reflective ambience and a deep sequencing bubbles into a rapid frenzy building louder and a drone together with this feels like you are being sucked into a black hole. A full-on barrage of sequencing, effects ricochets everywhere and it all seems to end by folding in on itself. ‘Storm’ is a perfect way to end the album. A huge atmospheric storm is brewing and growing in strength and power. I imagine the sky turning dark as big black clouds spell doom. This is a sequencer-free majestic and awesome piece of music”. Review by Geoff Mason