Alpha Wave Movement known for composing ambient electronic music now offers music with a twist on the old progressive rock formula.
A new release that melds the beautiful melodic orchestrations of classic prog giants such as Genesis, Camel, ELP with a sprinkle of cosmic rock by virtue of synthesizers, samplers and a tasteful splash of electric guitar.
The Mystic & The Machine is a sonic roadtrip into the fairytale land where melodic progressive rock instrumentals meets modern day electronica.
Alpha Wave Movement is American synthesist Gregory Kyryluk. He is accompanied on four tracks by Steve Hillman on guitar.
Usually known for delicate electronic soundscapes, on this release AWM explores a decidedly more progrock direction with lively melodies drenched with fanciful keyboard riffs and crisp e-perc and astral guitar.
The electronics employ a wide range of sounds, coaxing shrill tones to passionate heights. Nimble-fingered keyboards provide extensive drama with mercurial passages. Sprightly melodies belt out with fervor and vitality, cavorting with jubilant abandon. The tone of the notes often adopts the pleasantly shrill demeanor that marks so many classic progrock recordings of the Seventies.
A distinctly pastoral sense is generated with the application of sampled flutes and strings. The flutes evoke a lush atmosphere of idyllic countrysides sprinkled with castles overgrown by vines. The strings lend a certain classical vitality to the tunes. Choral currents establish a heavenly radiance bathing the rest of the melodies.
The guitar lends a searing undercurrent with shimmering riffs that add blaze to the already mystical melodies. While softly plucked guitar-strings create a byronic edge that enhances the endearing character of a few tracks.
Percussion is present in only a few pieces. Those rhythms are powerful and contribute luscious propulsion with eloquent tempos.
While retaining a contemporary mien, these compositions pulsate with the airy romanticism of progressive rock sentiments. The melodies are complex and their delivery is emphatic. The tunes exhibit a strong ascending quality, uplifting with a vibrant sense of celestial optimism. The melodies are gripping and bewitching, tasty and very satisfying.
Matt Howarth, Sonic Curiosity
On this release, Gregory Kyryluk departs his previous ambient excursions as Alpha Wave Movement, as the nine tracks on "The Mystic & the Machine" move into electronic based progressive rock music.
It focuses on the classic 1970's sound and feel created with modern day digital synthesizers (built in the last 20 years), to which UK synthesist/guitarist Steve Hillman added some fierce guitar work on four more up-tempo tracks.
The overall flavour of the melodic progressive rock instrumentals brings the music to mind of Focus, but also Camel and Genesis.
"The Mystic and the Machine" indeed is something completely different from what I’m familiar with from Mr Alpha Wave Movement..
Review From: http://www.sonicimmersion.org