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Zanov

Chaos Islands

Review by Gary Hill
This is the second set from this act I’ve reviewed. If you like music like Vangelis and Synergy you will feel right at home here. There is a spacey, trippy vibe to a lot of this. There’s not a big change from song to song as it goes along, but it’s still quite strong stuff.

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Track by Track Review
Edge of Chaos Island
Ambient sounds and electronic effects merge as this piece starts and works its way outward. Some classy arrangements and melodies emerge as this piece evolves and grows.
Inception Island
There is more energy to this piece. It calls to mind Vangelis and Synergy. It’s great stuff. The number has quite a bit of variety, but works as a straight line. It’s very classy and rather trippy. The ending section is almost creepy, really.
Strange Attractor Island
While not a huge change, this is a bit mellower, but no less lush. There is a dark, mysterious edge to it. The cut is quite classy and effective.
Three Body Island
Mellower, but quite dramatic, this is a pretty piece of music. There is a dark, ominous or perhaps melancholy vibe amidst the beauty. It moves slowly and feels delicate. It really has some intriguing changes and a lot of beauty built into it.
Phase Space Island
There is an exploratory kind of vibe here, like wandering over some unknown landscape. This isn’t a huge change from the pieces that preceded it, but it is pretty. It gets a bit more energized and intense as it continues.
Instability Island
You know the basic concept here, but not the details. This is another pretty and potent piece of electronic music. I like it a lot.
Emergence Island
The closer is another classy bit of electronic keyboard music. It has some great washes of sound and classy movements built into it. The melodies are quite effective.
 
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