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Slack Armada

Slack Armada

Review by Gary Hill

This four track EP is pretty cool. It’s electronic music, and some might argue with my placing it under progressive rock. The thing is, it’s quite close to stuff like Vangelis and Tangerine Dream. All instrumental, this manages to be pretty diverse within a musical territory that can be limited. If you like Tangerine Dream or Vangelis you really should give this a try.

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Track by Track Review
Rebirth

The first couple minutes of this are more or less purely electronic and make me think quite a bit of Vangelis. There is a powered up section later, though, that rocks out more. That said, it drops back down after a short time, but the cut seems to have gained a little oomph from the process. Overall, this instrumental is melodic and fits nicely under the banner of electronic progressive rock. Comparisons to Tangerine Dream would be appropriate.

Your Majesty
This remains more electronic and less rocking. It’s very much like a cross between Vangelis and Tangerine Dream. This is a cool piece, but a bit less dynamic than the previous one was.
Looper
Although the same basic musical concepts remain relevant, this is much heavier than the previous tunes. There is almost a stoner rock vibe to it. The variety it brings is a nice touch.
Escape Velocity
The first half of this track is more rhythmic than melodic. Layers of keyboards that have a bit of a 1980s texture to them rise up later, though. It’s almost like A Flock of Seagulls playing with Vangelis and Nine Inch Nails.
 
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