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Jacco Gardner has made a few albums of swirling psychedelia in recent years but here he tries something different with an all instrumental album inspired by the first science fiction novel (of the same name as the album), written in 1608 by Johannes Kepler. Gardner hopes the lack of a human voice allows the album to be a deep immersive listen, a visionary experience for the listener.  


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Somnium by Jacco Gardner
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8/10 Clinton Staff review, 28 November 2018

Hands up who enjoys the human voice in music? Not many. It seems that many times the criticism of why we don't like music is along the lines of 'I don't like his/her voice'. Well, swirling psychedelic guy Jacco Gardner makes it easier for you by taking his voice out of his new album altogether.

Unlike some other instrumental albums of late by people who normally sing (Ed Harcourt, Haley Bonar) there is an easy to see lineage here to the music Gardner usually makes. Volva is a lovely pop song that sits in that lesser spotted place somewhere between Broadcast and Mike Oldfield whilst Langrarian Point is a gorgeous piece of spacey instrumentation that combines banjos and eerie synths as if it's the most natural thing in the world. Another thing Gardner has done is have songs bleed into each other so the album comes across as one long continuous piece which feeds nicely into the proggy, synthy nature of the music.

I'd dare to say fans of Ghostbox, Stereolab, Broadcast and even the likes of Tangerine Dream are going to love this, he's adept at using all those retro futurist sound sources that make it sound like 70s library music. At times I miss vocal interaction, half way through Levania for example seems to be the perfect time to bring in a human element but this generally pays off as an album of retro synth action that enjoys moments of fun amongst the spacey synthscapes.      


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Jacco Gardner - Volva [OFFICIAL AUDIO] - YouTube



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