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Right. Busy Lady has just wet her knick-knacks over the list of this chap's expensive synths. His synths are so amazing & sought-after that he probably keeps them in a titanium lined nuclear bunker deep in a forest. Where currently he doodles around and builds authentic homages to Jean Michel-Jarre, the only 70's synth pioneer it's not actually cool to like. Because he was French & not Ger ...

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Primitive Neural Pathways/Vaalbara by Steve Moore
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8/10 Brian Staff review, 04 August 2011

Right. Busy Lady has just wet her knick-knacks over the list of this chap's expensive synths. His synths are so amazing & sought-after that he probably keeps them in a titanium lined nuclear bunker deep in a forest. Where currently he doodles around and builds authentic homages to Jean Michel-Jarre, the only 70's synth pioneer it's not actually cool to like. Because he was French & not German. And had supermodel birds & a ludicrously expensive & reasonably pointless light show. So he was kind of about as likely to be trendy as post Syd Barrett Pink Floyd. Now that has all changed because Mr. Moore & his Zombi side project is pretty darn cool. All the chinnies like him. He appeals to the kosmische crew & the Italo disco bods & the dystopian electro faithful. I can imagine Boards of Canada fans liking some of this. I find mesen a little perturbed by the Oxygene-like presets throughout but this is a very lushly, lovingly produced slab o' wax. And it's got probably one of the best icy minimal wave electro tunes at the end of Side One! The synth melodies on 'C beams' are just fucking gorgeous, incredibly evocative & almost euphoric in their crystalline flow. The remainder of the album I can live with, but this track, which sort of stands alone within this set, is the cat's pyjamas. For all those old Trumpett/Skanfrom/dystopian synth-pop fans without a doubt.

...according to our Brett on 13 November 2008.
Steve Moore is the man from Zombi and sometimes he does things by himself when his friend doesn't want to come over for chips and analogue fun. One of these things is called 'Vaalbara', released as part of Noiseville's Outer Bounds of Sound series, which features two satisfyingly long tracks of sinister, ambient droning. I ran to review this because I said it sounded like a baking desert planet with a sun made of Johann Sebastien Bach's face rising over it in slow motion, a simile that I was really pleased with and felt it'd be a shame not to immortalize in virtualinternetcyberWWWdigiprint. If you like Tangerine Dream or old-school sci-fi soundtracks made by furry-faced men twiddling synths the size of houses this should float the dinghy that's adrift in the sea of pain you call your mind.




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