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  • Writer's pictureSylvain Lupari

Alpha Wave Movement Cosmic Mandala (2008)

Updated: Nov 3, 2022

A good music strongly influenced by the Pacific School's soundscapes where oneiric sweetnesses are shaping a certain approach towards New Age

Cosmic Mandala Part I 23:34

a) Liquid Macrocosm

b) A Rhythmic Wavelength

c) Seas of Crimson Radiance

d) Navigating the Realms of Infinite Stars

e) Mantric Waves

Cosmic Mandala Part II 8:33

a) Full Circle (Ohm... Om)

(DDL 32:07) (V.F.)

(Pacific School)

The music of Alpha Wave Movement is rather difficult to definite. A good music strongly influenced by Steve Roach's soundscapes where oneiric sweetnesses, such as fluty and ethereal synth layers, are shaping a certain approach towards New Age whereas rhythmic structures, sequences and percussions are drawing stronger movements lurching towards a complex and sophisticated EM than just simple New Age. Remark that this statement ensues from my listening of The Regions Between, a collection of forgotten tracks which had fairly seduced me. Except that COSMIC MANDALA is far from it. And I must admit that Gregory Kyryluk surpasses my expectations with a nice EP where bewitching rhythms are measuring to limpid chords and lively synth solos in an introspective cosmic ambience.

Cosmic Mandala Part I is a superb track segmented in 5 parts which make us travel between earth and space. Lively water of which the lapping is melting to the astral synth waves introduces Liquid Macrocosm. Crystalline arpeggios are waddling there while a synth with sinuous breezes goes through a galaxy filled of musical shooting stars. A sequential movement makes strum keys which flicker in a musical fauna flooded of soft sparkling arpeggios. Between Earth and Cosmos, Cosmic Mandala Part I evolves with a musical flora rich in diverse eclectic sonorities while quietly the discreetly feverish rhythm implodes in an oblivion of resounding heaviness. A swaying synth line revives Cosmic Mandala Part I, and A Rhythmic Wavelength thunders with good percussions which roll constantly on a languishing structure where the heavy and slow rhythm pounds on a musical structure fed by twisted solos. Solos which criss-cross a heterogeneous cosmos where the electronic sonorities teem around robust percussion strikes. At around the 12th minute, a desert breeze covers an astral plain and Seas of Crimson Radiance emerges by floating in an oneiric Cosmos where Tibetan percussions tickle a slow morphic march beneath the aegis of a synth and its hybrid tones. A short moment of calm before the rhythm starts up again with Navigating the Realms of Infinite Stars and its tribal percussions, a line of bass with chords waving heavily beneath nasal synth waves. The slow and sensual beat evolves with fine jerky movements beneath a beautiful wave of wrapping synth and a rain of crystalline chords which fall of a cosmos filled with rangy synth serpentines. A soft, suave and languishing electronic cosmic rock, Navigating the Realms of Infinite Stars soaks in an ethereal ambience before being immerged into a dark maelstrom which sparkles with twinkling keys and kiss the sweetness of Morpheus.

More ambient and more atmospheric Cosmic Mandala Part II multiplies synth layers which are entwining and waving in a heavy galactic cortex. The more the track progresses and the more life is settling down with synth strata which move with a morphic slowness but an atypical heaviness. There are nice synths impulses here which waltz around a winged fairylike where quixotic elytrons flicker with the grace of the most beautiful dreamlike waltzes. Cosmic Mandala Part II is a good dance without bodies and a graceful movement where the multiplicity of strata shapes superb moving and poignant moments which make it one of the good ambient and atmospheric tracks that I heard. It concludes an EP which amazes and gives me the taste more than ever to discover the musical universe of Alpha Wave Movement and of Gregory Kyryluk.

Sylvain Lupari (March 13th, 2011) ***½**

Available at Harmonic Resonance Recordings Bandcamp

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