9/10 Brian Staff review, 21 July 2011
John Michelle Jar and his Oxygene sounds have recently become fashionable on the underground. Well, if Tangerine Dream can be trendy why not the audacious Frenchman and his psychedelic banks of luminescent keyboards? The first track on here has a subtle JMJ pulse but the swirling plethora of glacial ambient keys is more akin to something deeper, more profound. The press talks about a "religious" sound. I'm unsure about that but it's definitely a magical-sounding tapestry and if "heavens" means free, up-in-the-sky, this song is a whole flock of birds doing dreamy aerobatics in the distance under the warm glow of the evening sun. Totally blissful and quite mesmerising!! Some of those ace fizzy cosmic synths come to dance in your mind on the next piece with some stately drones forming a calming bedrock and some lovely twinkling bloops finish off the vibe. The concluding track on side one is another gem with some hugely melancholic and sad keyboards over a gorgeous astral pulse. Over t'other side and we've a track 'Traces' which could easily fit in with some of the gear being released on Tri Angle, a half-paced '80s electro beat with some cool l'il android melody peeking out amidst some murky cavernous shifting drones. 'Foxes' is beatless once again but nevertheless conjures up some delicious dreamscapes with its ambient rhythm and mangled stargazing synths wandering around your mind. It is possibly my favourite track, just for how it makes me feel and the fact it's named 'Foxes'. I could say that all day, Foxes, but I won't because I might get sectioned. The last track I'll leave for you, this yellow vinyl baby sells itself. From the fingers and brain nodules of one Mr. Brad Rose, those who know will tell you who he is if you don't already know!!
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