This week we’re bringing you a great item from our Binary sublabel: Paul Ellis’s “Into the Liquid Unknown,” marked down from $10.99 to just to $5.99 through June 8th!
Into the Liquid Unknown is a bright and distinctive piece of modern electronic music. Those of you who are more interested in true e-music — shifting synthesizer patterns, beautiful resonances, expressions of the soul of the machine — will delight in this fantastic, fresh recording.
Using a dash of classic European e-music as a reference point, but never for a minute sounding like an artist exploring any path buts Ellis’s own, INTO THE LIQUID UNKNOWN supplies that modern synth music “fix” for listeners who remember their excitement at first hearing Wendy Carlos, Jean-Michel Jarre, Synergy, or early Tangerine Dream… but for people who already own all those albums and don’t want to hear them re-done. Like the first albums of Alpha Wave Movement and Synthetic Block, this album utilizes just the right limited measure of “classic” and moves on from there to create something new.
Working within a theme of the exploration of the ocean’s depths (see the title), Ellis takes the listener on a nearly exhausting musical roller-coaster of pulsing arpeggios, cascading mechanistic sequences, lilting melodic passages, and gradually to brief interludes, before cranking the energy level up again.
“This 73 minute CD is the second release on Binary Records, profiling the solo endeavors of Dweller alumnus Ellis.
Commencing with delicately fluid tones, this music swiftly evolves more stamina and effervescence with demonstrative riffs that capture the listener’s attention. That sonic grip tightens with each passing moment as the melodies swell and grow intricate. The pulsating harmonies never flow over-the-top, remaining active but sedately unaggressive. High-end snarls twirl into engaging textures peppered by astral blooping and the distant clanking of antediluvian machinery. This liquid music seeps like a glistening nebula, immersing the listener in a turgid but pleasant pool of fanciful sound.
Considering this CD’s title, it’s no surprise that much of this music explores a fluid quality. Keyboard notes spill forth like swift waterfalls, casting melodies out to undulate along invisible streams that splash around the audience with vibrant result. When the songs ease back to allow the listener to catch their breath, the calming passages adopt the vastness of a placid ocean under a night sky of urgent stars.” –Matt Howarth, Sonic Curiosity
“This is the real deal, essential pure blooded sequencer music at its best! Rarely do I get this kind of hit of inspiration from other music where I want to get in the studio and kick start the Doepfer and let it rip. Really Paul, it’s a beautiful statement that feels vital and fresh at the same time with the roots running back to historic cornerstones of sequencer based music.”
“Ellis, a remarkably talented synth programmer, gives us the silky smooth pads and authoritative commanding e-rhythms associated with good spacemusic. The emotional side comes out too in the albums insightful harmonic selection and progressions. As you listen to any of the pieces on this album you are in the midst of a thought process as Ellis attempts to bring order to the cosmos into the chaos of life. Into the Liquid Unknown was created through the intertwining of technology, aesthetic and individual quality. The relationship between Ellis and his music is a complex one and drawn onto disc for us to contemplate that which is held in the mind of the artist.” –Chuck Van Zyl, Stars End radio
“An instant classic on first listen” –Paul Lawler, Arcane
“There’s a “European” quality to his work with the inevitable comparisons to Kraftwerk, Tangerine Dream and Jean-Michel Jarre, but this is less pretentious. Ellis is more interested in tracery and texture and interweaving strands of sound, a kind of abstract electronica…. If there’s such a thing as “Classical” electronic music, this is it.” –Hannah M.G. Shapero, EER-Music
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