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Eloy Fritsch – Exogenesis (2012)


Artist: Eloy Fritsch
Album: Exogenesis
Year: 2012
Label: Dreaming/Musea

Review: Diego Camargo


 Eloy Fritsch is one of the most important names in contemporary Progressive Rock in Brazil. He’s the leader and keyboard player of Apocalypse that  has been active for more than 25 years. He’s also a music professor at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil and has a book about Electronic music. His solo career is steeped in New Age, instrumental and electronic music, influenced by artists such as Vangelis, Jean-Michel Jarre, Isao Tomita and Rick Wakeman.

Exogenesis (2012)
 is his tenth studio album, produced, composed, performed and recorded by the musician in his own home studio and released by Dreaming Records, a division of Musea Records.After listening to Exogenesis (2012) I can clearly say two things: first, the album goes on the Progressive Electronic path with a touch of New Age. Second: it is not really possible to listen to the album in a ‘track-by-track’ style. The songs are all linked together as a one piece of 60 minutes long. The album has several small climax that need lots of careful listening. A small trip I can say.

Eloy Fritsch is an experienced musician and his experiments with instrumental music, electronics and environment always bring interesting ideas like in this CD. With this album he puts into practice the proposal to make a journey through the history of the universe, from its genesis to a time much later than ours. The unknown and ‘dangerous’ future.

Now one thing has to be said, the artwork of Exogenesis (2012) perfectly matches the concept. The space image created by the Polish artist Maciej Rebisz is simply beautiful. Very original in the front cover and booklet. And following the footsteps of Roger Dean in the back cover designed by Mirek Drozd.

Using layers and layers of keyboards, synthesizers, samples and computer effects, the songs vary according to the main theme. Like in the special ‘Neutron Star’, through the tribal rhythms of ‘Mayan Temple’, the ethereal and atmospheric moments in ‘Far Above The Clouds’ and ‘The Sea Of Ice Enceladus’ until the end of the journey with ‘The Immensity Of The Cosmic Ocean’.

An album well made. If you’re a Progressive Electronic fan you can just focus all your attention and let yourself travel in Eloy’s atmospheric trips because the music itself allows you to create a whole movie in your own head.

Tracklist: 1. Gaia – 2’46 / 2. Neutron Star – 6’04 / 3. Sunshine – 3’13 / 4. Exogenesis, Pt. 1 – 5’36 / 5. Exogenesis, Pt. 2 – 2’29 / 6. Exogenesis, Pt. 3 – 5’02 / 7. Exogenesis, Pt. 4 – 5’24 / 8. Mayan Temple – 6’51 / 9. Far Above The Clouds – 3’49 / 10. Moonwalk – 6’00 / 11. The Ice Sea Of Enceladus – 2’50 / 12. New Dawn – 4’38 / 13. The Immensity Of The Cosmic Ocean – 6’49

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