Delia Gonzales and Gavin Russom CD review [DFA/Astralwerks]



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Delia Gonzales and Gavin Russom CD review [DFA/Astralwerks]
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Oct 4, 2005, 17:23

DELIA GONZALES & GAVIN RUSSOMThe Days of Mars CD

NYC artists Delia Gonzales and Gavin Russom's debut album is a satisfying voyage into progressive ambient music, serving as both a reverent tribute to the pioneers of electronic music and a commendable step into the future.

Opener “Rise” employ's Neu's recognizable use of repetition to great effect, while “13 Moons” is spooky in an almost Kranky Records sort of way, with noncommittal piano and high gain tides of synthesizer. But there's more to this duo than analog arpeggios and a fascination with kosmische music—there's as much Alain Goraguer's La Planet Savage here as there is any Klaus Schultze, and certainly more than a fair debt owed to Italian soundtrack favorites Goblin. A pervading sense of melancholy, if not outright doom, pervades, and keeps accusations of New Age-yness at bay. Call it Tangerine Nightmare.

The Days of Mars is not only an exceptional debut, but may very well be the best record of its kind since Fripp and Eno's No Pussyfooting. Heavy, heavy stuff. [DFA/Astralwerks]

- James Jackson Toth

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