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Mystical Sun - Energy Mind Consciousness

 ( Cyberset ,  Aug. 2008 )

1. Dune Oscillator 7:50 2. Blue Lotus 5:07 3. Passage 7:05 4. Departure 5:38 5. Protostar 6:04 6. Incense 3:45 7. Dark Energy 8:11 8. Expansions 4:37 9. Lava Tubes 4:50 10. Holographic Rain 6:08 11. Sanctuarium 3:54

I was reading this topic the other day about why there aren't more American psy-producers. We do have a few downtempo producers as Androcell, Bluetech and Mystical Sun, yet the latter seems to have surpassed most people. Mystical Sun is Richard Plom. He released his first album Primordial Atmospheres in 1994!! This was just at the dawn of psychedelic trance/downtempo as we know it today. A wonderful album in its own right, though the last 30 minutes track Journey to Samadhi is only for the real yoga freaks, I would say. The album was reissued in 2005. My first contact with Richard Plom was when I was going through all the downtempo music I could find, being new to the genre and wanting to listen to everything. I stumbled upon Deeper Worlds and the track Pure just blew my mind.
Some artists just have that very unique touch, you can hear it at once. It's not explainable but it's very obvious. And Mystical Sun is one of these artists. I immediately fell in love with the sound and originality. When listening to his first album I always imagined how great it would be if the sound of Deeper Worlds combined with the cohesiveness of Primordial Atmospheres. Well, look no further, because Richard was kind enough to give us Energy Mind Consciousness, his third full length album. You can't give him credit for releasing tremendous amounts of music, but the quality is top notch.

My favourite track on the whole album is without a doubt Protostar (T5). A throbbing, pulsating, slowly moving, mellow and yet powerful track. Real beautiful stuff. When listening to it I get that unmistakable feeling that makes me so fond of this genre. Throughout the album I get a great feel of Eastern cultures, traditions and religion, of India and Buddhism. This somehow reproduces itself very strongly, just to move further into more futuristic and scientific type of places. It's a great feat and creates a journey, that if you let it, will take you from the caressing nature of our planet, to deep deep space. What is also confusing in a good way is how all these elements of nature, religion, space and technology finally merge towards the end of the album. It is as a statement of our current state all the way from the big bang in the form of musical pleasure. Someone please bring out the champagne, we must celebrate!

The album is very slow overall and a deep emotional journey. The direction of the album is stated instantly, and never does it stray away from this path. It's obvious Richard must have put down a lot of thought into this album, and worked very hard to finalize it. Actually I think this is one of the most cohesive musical journeys that I've ever had.

Recomendation:  This is a great, slow, mellow journey from bliss to more darker areas. It's great stuff, and anyone even slightly interested in the downtempo side of psy should give this a listen. It's calming, soothing and very powerful in a soft way. Don't miss out and be sure to check out Primordial Atmospheres as well.

Review by : Melancholyman

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