Javi Canovas / Slow Light
“Slow Light” by Javi Canovas.
(Review by Geoff Mason)
‘Lost Road’ begins with organ sounds and effects that gradually build rhythmically, then it breaks back down with the organ coming and going and rebuilding at a rather pleasant and sedate pace, increasing in volume and energy. Sequencing speeds up as the rhythms grow with intensity. At over 10 minutes more layers are added and the volume increases as this piece grows in strength and the beat speeds up to quite a fast pace. A lead line comes and goes quickly and there is some more great sequencing, atmospherics and effects that build to a peak. I imagine running through an exotic jungle along a meandering pathway, almost hidden. It’s quite a brew of rhythmics, beats, sequencing and effects in a hypnotic way. Some of the intensity gets stripped away to allow the piece to breathe again. At about 21 minutes the piece has evolved, reminding me a little of late 70’s early 80’s TD, sounding somewhat melodic. At 24 minutes there is a brief respite then the rhythm re-establishes with the by now recognisable sequencing and lead lines. There is definately a focused attitude to this piece, like it’s on a mission. It fades into atmospherics and organ sounds to close. It felt like 30 minutes just flew by! Nice one.
‘Slow Light’ starts with film-like effects and atmosphere fills the space around me, then electronic tones and notes replace the atmos’, then grows and a rhythm joins with anticipation, and is melodic in construction. The rhythm repeatedly peaks with intensity and volume, and more layers are added, gradually constructing while effects and atmospherics come and go. At about 13 minutes the pace quickens and organ sounds join along with melodic notes bouncing along with more attitude and intent, being joined by loud tones in waves of peaks before it eventually dissolves into organ sounds and spacy tones. Phew!
‘Stop And Move’ opens with early Kraftwerk type effects, then is joined by organ ambience, then a ‘stop/start’ bass drum beat and melodic duo strike up countering one another, and a rhythm establishes. A sequencing pattern then joins and builds, and layers are building with intensity, getting quite groovy and hypnotic. A metallic lead line peaks around 12 minutes and intense sounds swirl around and powerful organ washes over like an ocean. At over 15 minutes everything has dissolved to majestic tones. This album is a refreshingly good electronic sequencer, and a rhythmically inventive workout album.
(Dedicated from Javi Canovas to Debbie & Geoff)