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Healing Spells

Sanctuary

Review by Gary Hill

While this EP isn't a clear cut fit under progressive rock, it works reasonably well there. For one thing, the electronic sound is progressive music, if not progressive rock. Secondly, it has a lot in common with Kraftwerk and artists like Synergy who also fit under prog. However you categorize it, though, these four electronic explorations are effective.

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Track by Track Review
Disciples 1
Although this is definitely electronic there is a jazzy, turned classical and world music vibe to this piece. There are some seriously processed vocals built into this.
Half Animal
Trippy electronic sounds along with other intriguing elements create the basic concepts of this piece of music. It has a bit more of a groove to it than the opener did. This feels like what you might get if you merged Kraftwerk and Synergy. There are some more seriously processed vocals. in fact, there are two distinct voices, and they are quite prominent.
Infinity Pond
The bouncy kind of echoey sounds that start this really do feel like a pond. It moves forward in a tasty way and there are some voice bits here that are less processed than on the first two cuts. That said, they feel like loops, and there are more processed ones further down the road.
Sanctuary
An energetic groove, this is fun stuff. It is still set in the same kind of electronic sound, but has more of a sense of playfulness. There are definitely world music elements at play here.
 
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