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Elea - Stellar Connection

 ( Space Tepee ,  May. 2009 )

1. Elfic Mantra 110bpm 9:22 2. When the World Was New 120bpm 7:54 3. Onyx 120bpm 8:15 4. Selamat Pagi 120bpm 7:18 5. Alderande 125bpm 11:32 6. Zion 130bpm 7:16 7. Stellar Connection 133bpm 6:12 8. Andromeda 140bpm 9:33 9. Suns of Tatooine (Cell's aeropulsar rmx) 100bpm 8:46

Elea are Sylvie Gorsse & Stephane Espaignet, and this is actually their fourth album. When they started it was written E.L.E.A. which stands for Energy of Love for Elevation of Aura. I guess it still means the same today, but the points in between have been lost. Their style has changed a little too, fitting more into the psytrance category and less into the trip hop side of things. This album has some more uplifting tracks and the Elfic language invented by J.R.R. Tolkien (of Hobbit and Lord of the Rings fame) is used to sing in several of the tracks, giving them a kind of ethereal feel. Describing this album is pretty hard, but if youíll think old school 1997 Goa trance, slow it down to around 120-135 bpm and youíll get the general idea of most of the tracks on offer here. A speeded up Aes Dana from his Season 5 period might also begin to describe what this sounds like. Itís kinda funny to mention this maybe, but the artwork, which is nice and colorful by the way, also looks like Ultimae Records style of doing things, with the two black borders and having the artist name above and the title below. Getting back to the music, most of the tracks have lots of synths going on, and other instruments include the flute. Alderande (T5) springs to mind in that regard. Uplifting melodies are plentiful here as well, and Zion (T6) is a great example, as is Andromeda (T8) which also contains Elfic singing again. The Elfic singing is a nice touch, but Iím not really sure itíll be everyoneís cup of tea. For those interested you have the lyrics in the booklet inside. Suns of Tatooine, the finishing track, gets the Cell remix treatment and closes the album off in a beautiful way, and is in my opinion, one of the best tracks on here. For those that donít know, Tatooine is from Star Wars, and Star Wars along with Lord of the Rings, The Matrix & Star Trek, are mentioned as sources of inspiration on the cover.

Recomendation:  Overall, I find this to be an intriguing album, and if you like hearing something different, yet still clinging to those old psytrance roots, this is an album you shouldnít miss. For those that just want something different for a change, this might do nicely too. The bpm isnít that high on most of the tracks and the atmosphere varies from ethereal, uplifting to relaxing. Thereís lots going on in most tracks and this is one of those albums you can listen in two years and think: hey, this is pretty good!

Review by : Acidhive

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