Phantom West | Aleph Null

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Aleph Null

by Phantom West

Taking elements from classic synthpop and EBM and classic industrial, Phantom West's music evokes memories of many bands from decades past such as New Order and Depeche Mode, but adds a touch of modernism and experimentation that bring to mind the elabora
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1. Ghosts on the Road
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2. One More Thing
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5:15 album only
3. Singularity
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5:54 album only
4. The Rain Expedition
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4:41 album only
5. Aurora
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5:14 album only
6. Sic Transit Gloria Mundi
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7. Doubts Even Here
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4:17 album only
8. Anathema
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6:06 album only
9. Autochroma
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4:29 album only
10. Construct of Elysium
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11. Valles Marineris
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12. Obsidian
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Phantom West delivers a breath of fresh air to electronic music by using modern electronic beats and precision built melodies. While other acts reject the sound of traditional instruments, Phantom West embraces them and brings them into the digital realm where he polishes their sounds until they fit perfectly into the compositions he produces. Taking elements from classic synthpop and EBM and classic industrial, Phantom West's music evokes memories of many bands from decades past such as New Order and Depeche Mode, but adds a touch of modernism and experimentation that bring to mind the elaborate work of Coil in their more melodic state. Phantom West is the soundtrack to a sci-fi movie that was never filmed, but exists in our collective minds and ears.

Our equipment has been modified -- methodically deconstructed -- many fuses, vacuum tubes, and transistors have been replaced by pennies which we have gathered from the base of a wishing well in Seattle.

The music that you are currently listening to is the sound of the wishes we have stolen from their owners.

Respectfully,
Phantom West


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zezinho

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I'd to get used to the sung parts on this cd. In the beginning it sounded too much like common pop songs to me. But after a while I couldn't distinguish it anylonger from the music and the music is adorable.

Robot Noise Magazine

Phantom West surprises us with an eclectic collection of tracks.
If there is one thing that one can rely on when it comes to Phantom West, it has to be the fact that nothing he does can be predictable. This became evident when The Rain Expedition EP was released. The title track was nothing like the complex instrumentals from his first release, Chimaera, which was cinematic and dystopian in it's musical execution. The Rain Expedition showed a softer and more melodic aspect while still retaining the cinematic aspect that has become a trademark of the Phantom West sound.

Aleph Null, the second full length release by Phantom West, pushes the genre boundaries once again. Just when we think what his sound is like, Phantom West surprises us with an eclectic collection of tracks that span all across the spectrum of our ever-changing musical mood. Aleph Null opens up with the tracks Ghosts on the Road and One More Time. Both tracks are very melodic and full of complex instrumentation, while electronic bits go off all around them. Singularity, the third track, takes us even further down the electronic path with beats and samples that bring to mind classic second wave industrial.

Aleph Null continues with the already classic The Rain Expedition and the cinematic instrumental Aurora, which serves as a lead into the ambitious opus Sic Transit Gloria Mundi. Sic Transit Gloria Mundi evokes thoughts of classic "a different drum" styled synthpop, but with a darker feel and cryptic lyrics. Phantom West takes the synthpop cue one step further by covering an obscure New Order track, Doubts Even Here. The track first appeared as a producer's pick on Community, the New Order supervised and sponsored tribute album.

Just when we get comfortable within the synth world Phantom West created with the previous two tracks, Anathema and Autochroma wake us up with their gloomy drumbeats and distorted instrumentation which brings to mind the work of artists such as Maynard James Keenan. Construct of Elysium, a fourteen minutes opus and Valles Marineris clear up the storm of the previous two tracks and prepare us for exiting track, Obsidian, which winds Aleph Null down with a mellow downtempo trip.