Mystica's long awaited CD is finally here and the trio from the southern Israeli town of Ashdod, that went into the British charts with a trance track a few years ago are finally releasing a full length CD.
This is what some people will call commercial trance, I call it very melodic ethnic full on morning music. It's fun to listen to, though not endlessly.
The CD starts with Age of Innocence (part I), Mystica's big hit, almost ten minutes of slowly building up very energetic oriental melodies. If your memory still works you'll recognize the line from Blamansh's "Living on the Ceiling". Almost only the melodies work here, but they work overtime. 5AM (T2) has beautiful bluesy guitar lines all along, a very weird track changing from chill out to full on to jumpy- interesting. China (T3) is another chilled track, almost ethnic ambient, a very nice track that could find it's place easily in world music compilations. Mama Kallu (T4) stops the chill with some tribal chanting and a powerful beat accompanied with strong synth lines. A very massive track. Narnya (T5) goes on with that flow, another full on powerful very happy morning track, larger than life melodies flying all around. Ashes to Ashes (T6) follows with what is probably the most used sample in the history of music (or will be), Samuel Jackson's speech from Pulp Fiction. The track itself is not a very interesting one, though it is, like the rest of this CD, very catchy. T7 is a remix to Jamiroquay, a track that appeared on Trance Mix 7, didn't like the original too much, and I don't like the remix either. The truth is that the CD can get a bit too much here, but then they give you Age of Innocence (part II), which is just a hit, and save things immediately. Roni's Guitar (T9), is the second guitar track here, again a fully sampled atmospheric guitar lines Roni's Guitar (also from the album), is a guitar track with fully sampled atmospheric guitar lines (played by Roni Cohen- surprising?). This is a more energetic track, with a lot of guitar work, sampled Darbukas- very happy track, but also chilled in a way, kind of fluffy X-Dream sound- funny. The CD ends with Back to Eden, starting with chanting and soft chime melodies and turning to a very full on rhythmic and melodic track- a bit of a boring track.