Psychedelic Voyage by Javi Canovas

Javi Canovas

Psychedelic Voyage

4 tracks

Running time: 1:07:36
Released: 10/2012

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  01   Psychedelic Voyage - 18:22
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  02   Mechanical Spirit - 18:04
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  03   Into the Sylence - 3:58
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  04   Sundown - 27:12
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There are three long tracks and a short one. What a completely inadequate way to start a review of an album that is so special. The title track begins with electronic effects whooshing all over the place like android wasps hitting warp drive! This then calms down and normality is resumed with lush tron backing stormy windy sounds. When the inevitable sequence arrives it is not messing around, it is a real bass laden beefy one making the ground shake. A softer more melodic sequence bounces over the top beautifully and the mellotron surges once again. Lovely little melodies nestle in the middle of the mix being just identifiable as the sequences go ape. Any Berlin School fan should be in absolute raptures by this point (especially if you are into the 70s variety). Of his last few albums I have said each was the best and they have been but with this track- I am just speechless. I can’t remember last time I loved a piece of music so much. There is so much power here as well as brilliant under stated melodies, wonderful lead lines and such a feeling of joy. I was jumping around in excitement (must have looked a real idiot- but I simply couldn’t care). At the moment if I had just one track from the whole history of Electronic Music to take with me onto a desert island I think it would be this. It is not uncommon for an artist to open with the ‘killer track’ but the problem with doing that is where do you go from there? The Second Track ‘Mechanical Spirit’ begins all shimmering and misty and when the sequences and stunning lead arrives it retains this rather moody feel. Another fantastic start. Things then go through a rather inventive staccato section with stabbing notes. The energy levels start to build again, almost to those of the opener. This is Berlin School but with a very appealing new twist. The leads are once again brilliant, searing but not outstaying their welcome. It is a track that I am sure will be loved by Berlin School fans but there is enough inventiveness in there as well to also appeal to a wider audience. ‘Into the Sylence’ is a short track and quietens things down a bit with gorgeous processed piano, joined later by soothing mellotron. It is simply exquisite and I would say essential to calm the heart, which has been set raging from the previous two numbers. The last track ‘Sundown’ initially remains calm and again a little moody. A tinkling sequence emerges like the aurora borealis lighting up the night sky. A second sequence joins it (and yes, of course more tron). We then get some cosmic guitar licks that once again hit the spot perfectly. I asked Javi who played the guitar as I loved it so much and he said that he did! He certainly kept that talent quiet. The sequences start to go into overdrive and the guitar becomes more insistent, even quite heavy. Again there is no denying that this is incredibly exciting stuff. Things quieten down for the middle section and then the guitar makes a growling return accompanied by scintillating driving rhythms and blistering sequences. Whereas I suppose the first track here could be compared to Redshift at their meanest this is more like what Arc would sound like if they were joined by Gary Houghton from RMI. If I had to pick a favourite track here it would still probably be the first but to many this might be even more of a jaw dropper because of the liberties it takes with the traditional Berlin School formula but with such a devastatingly effective and exiting result. No, I’ve changed my mind, this is my favourite track. No, hold on, it’s the first. Oh blast it, just buy the album and make up your own mind!

Javi, I think you might have just released your masterpiece. Every track a gem. How you will top this one I will never know. (DL)