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1 review | 5 people love this record: be the 6th! 'And So Begins The New Age Of New Age' is the quote on the back of Hatchback (a.k.a. California man Sam Grawe). There are a few artists out there working in the left-field and synth community that have already begun the process of revitalising the once frowned upon sound of New Age music and I've been surprised and, in some cases, amazed by the results. Dolphins Into The Future, Stellar Om Source, ... »

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Zeus and Apollo by Hatchback
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5 people love this record. Be the 6th!
8/10 Li'l Biz Staff review, 24 March 2011

'And So Begins The New Age Of New Age' is the quote on the back of Hatchback (a.k.a. California man Sam Grawe). There are a few artists out there working in the left-field and synth community that have already begun the process of revitalising the once frowned upon sound of New Age music and I've been surprised and, in some cases, amazed by the results. Dolphins Into The Future, Stellar Om Source, James Ferraro, Oneohtrix Point Never, Ducktails, Emeralds and some of the earlier efforts from L.A's Growing spring to mind. Hatchback is a sincere New Age project that looks to Eno, Cluster, Vangelis, Michael Rother, Harold Budd, Iasos, Popol Vuh, Klaus Schulze and Tangerine Dream for inspiration then sugars those influences with Californian sunshine and lashing of powerful marijuana. 'Zeus & Apollo' is essentially about synth worship so every tone and parameter here sounds studious and considered. It's pure subtlety, nothing leaps from the speakers with any urgency yet audio satisfaction is guaranteed if you're patient. Probably help if you are baked too. I'd be hard pushed to claim that this sounds like a modern reinterpretation or revamp of the New Age sound, if anything it's pure homage. Other than the tell tale signs of modern production techniques 'Zeus & Apollo' sounds like it came straight from the late 70's/early 80's. This is no bad thing, in fact, I like it a lot It's true synth appreciation music of the highest calibre. Total Vangelis yo!


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