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- Pangaea Ultima by Steve Moore
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One of the perks of working for Norman Records is that you can discover new music that you may not know anything about and end up absolutely loving it. For me Steve Moore is exactly one of those artists. From the moment our Li’l Biz here threw some Moore onto the office gramophone I was instantly hooked.
So it gives me great pleasure to welcome this latest album by Steve into the world. ‘Pangaea Ultima’ is his first for the Spectrum Spools label and contains nine tracks of wonderful swirling synth textures. Opening tracks ‘Endless Caverns’ and Planetwalk’ are shining examples of Steve’s genius. How he creates rhythms out of near nothingness is beyond me, the patterns of sound he makes are pure blissed out soundscapes, so cinematic in approach that it automatically paints a picture in your head while listening.
The obvious comparisons are all here: Tangerine Dream, Vangelis, the title track has a real John Carpenter vibe to it. It seems that Moore has always got one eye in the past but it’s much much more than that. ‘Pangaea Ultima’ and Steve's music in general is definitely the way forward for this genre.
6/10 Gerald Customer review, 16th November 2014
Steve Moore channels the spirit of Vangelis, Tangerine Dream, Klaus Schulze, Mike Oldfield and other 70s ambient electronic noodling into the present, and this makes him worth listening to. I found "Brainstorm", an lp with Majeure on the other side, a fine updating of that late 70s sound, even retaining some of the naive optimism of those early Moog pioneers. Sadly I can't recommend the vinyl version of this, not for any musical reason - this one is a little more dancey, but the musical quality is still largely intact. Unfortunately, the mastering engineer was overenthusiastic, cutting this for absolute maximum volume, probably for dj use. Cool, except that mistracking occurs and the sound breaks up. A great pity.
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