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Embrase — Dreamworld
(Groove Unlimited GR-126, 2005, CD)

by Roel Steverink, Published 2006-05-01

Dreamworld Cover artLately new EM artists in the Netherlands are mushrooming and this is the newest offspring. Most of these newcomers know their predecessors very well, no exception here, but they all stay to close to their paragons. Not until track three (“Come On”) does this album spring to life with a beautiful but derivative Patrick Kosmos composition. “Underwater Secrets” is a strong Ron Boots inspired piece. “Time Is Killing” could be located among the Tangerine Dream 80s harvest, but needs spice – it’s very pallidly played. Embrase produces easy-to-grasp pieces full of ear-candy melodies and sequencer and drum rhythms to match. His solos are warm and way above average. Piano is a centerpoint of this music and falls in the romantic category a-la Emmens. The production is crystal clear, too clear actually, but luckily there’s still enough life in the music left. No stuff to prick up your ears, but not bad either.

Filed under: New releases, Issue 33, 2005 releases

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