Zero Cult - Dreams In Stereo
Downtempo electronica and spacey ambient dance. Dreams In Stereo is a dynamic album of lush synthetic sound that has its roots in chilled psychedelic trance. The beats are mostly blissed out programmed affairs with various digital blips and manipulated hits incorporated - in places the intensity of the rhythms rises to the edge of techno, but more frequently the tempo takes a less hurried pace. Zero Cult is perhaps less dependent on arpeggiators than some in the genre, yes the basses pulse and throb in sequenced patterns, but the synth structures are mostly melodic - brief secondary phrases and lead lines are carefully played and overlaid creating a strongly emotional sense. There are generous ambient passages and abundant use of atmospheric pads as well as diverse enhancements such as birdsong, echoing voice syllables, strongly effected guitars, ethnic hints.
Dreams In Stereo immediately impacts with a rich sonic palette - the synth settings focus on liquid clarity and brightness, the more acidic sounds and muscular tones working just below the surface highlighting all the more the beauty of the lead lines. Zero Cult is obviously a project in pursuit of musical beauty since most of the tracks have gorgeous themes of enigmatic elegance touched with a spacey melancholia.
I have only the digital version of this release and so have just the front cover seen to the above left to refer to. The image is simple yet striking - large black rectangular blocks form a diagonal geometric pattern that on closer inspection turn out to be dark speaker cabs. The scale of the picture shifts dramatically when the tiny figure is spotted alone. Now the sense of an impending enormous sound.
Emil Ilyayev aka Zero Cult from Israel began electronic music making in 1997 and having passed through various stylistic experiments settled into downtempo forming Zero Cult in 2002. The debut CD Art Of Harmony came in 2006 with the follow-up Ikebana being released the next year. This latest offering is delivered again via Cosmic Leaf Records and contains ten energetic chillout tracks including a remix of Side Liner’s Once Upon A Time. High sound quality and musical inventiveness are assured from Zero Cult as this ascending artist draws on his considerable experience and musical maturity to deliver a very powerful third album. The label's website contains sound samples if you'd like to know what you're getting. The intention is for the album to be presented live 12 July 2009 at the chill out stage of the PNF Festival in Israel.
WHO WILL LIKE THIS ALBUM
Dreams In Stereo is an album for downtempo fans that enjoy beautiful melodies among their psychedelic elements without sacrificing the muscular edge of the genre