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Raelism

Freedom Within the Prison

Review by Gary Hill

Raelism is the project of Max Rael. He’s probably best known as one of the members who make up The Meads of Asphodel. This project is not like that. It’s purely electronic music. I’d consider it progressive rock, at least as much as something like Kraftwerk is prog. Comprised of five instrumental pieces, this is cool stuff with a decent range.

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Track by Track Review
Pressing Against the Glass

While there is a dance music kind of vibe in terms of the rhythm here, this has a lot in common with things like Kraftwerk. It has some interesting shifts and changes in melody and is quite an entertaining piece of music.

Becoming Conscious
Very much like electronic Krautrock, while there is still some dance music element to this, it’s less than on the opener. Still, the cut isn’t as intriguing or effective. It’s fun, though.
Eight Miles Down and Falling Fast
This is one of the most purely proggy things here. It’s a bit crazed. The pounding, driving rhythm, combined with almost Rock In Opposition styled melodies works really well. This is one of the highlights of the set.
Perfect Dream Fades
Electronic music and symphonic sounds combine in another compelling piece. This is much more of a pure progressive composition. It’s also another highlight.
The Day the Rain Stopped
Bouncy and fun, this skirts between playful electronic music and more proggy sounds.
 
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