|artist:||chuck van zyl|
|cover art:||chuck van zyl/jeff towne|
|date of origin:||15 november 2014|
|format:||compact disc (conventional/silver) six panel digi-pack|
|titles||1. saturn (21:55)|
|2. ars moriendi (35:06)|
|Press Release: Rituals by Chuck van Zyl
As one who devotes so much time to delivering music to the world, it is good to see radio show host, reviewer and concert producer
From his instrument's storm force of sound comes delightful throbbing bass lines, echo-warping chimes and a mystery machine pulse, against which van Zyl sways and plays Rhodes piano, synth strings, Mellotron choir and full-blooded melodies. Staccato synthesizer blips interlock and pound out mighty sequencer patterns, yet this mechanical rigidity is somehow softened - as lines of dancing arpeggios pump up against tuneful leads and ethereal harmonic progressions. Disarmingly quiet passages reduce the level of density and energy with insinuating modulations and vaporous aural forces. Rituals pushes and pulls itself, expands and contracts, and manages to establish an interesting contour through various scenarios and scenes... to attain a rare unity.
Offering vivid synthesized sonorities the appeal lies in its minimalist values and in this musician's ability to create an intimate and absorbing listening experience. As with albums by Arc and Redshift Rituals has an immediacy that can overwhelm, yet its cosmic beauty is easily experienced over and over.
The creative act is the one defense against the ruin of the world. Singing the mental electric with an inventive sonic flair Chuck van Zyl makes music that fills up the empty spaces and places of life. Embracing the early-day attitudes of the Kosmische Musik movement, he transcends them - elevating the most familiar themes to another sphere. Anyone in love with Spacemusic and its very specific poetry will want to hear this recording.
- 15 November 2014
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