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  • Chuck van Zyl
    With ELEMENTAL JOURNEY (69 41 ), Matt Coldrick and Matt Hillier affirm their commitment to music as a medium for the contemplation of nature. While exploring
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      With ELEMENTAL JOURNEY (69'41"), Matt Coldrick and Matt
      Hillier affirm their commitment to music as a medium for the
      contemplation of nature. While exploring the coloristic range of
      their instruments, they think beyond the genre to a truly creative
      work. In spite of their accessibility, the first four tracks of the
      album are aimed at a sophisticated audience. This section
      enjoys the kinetic thrill of driving drumbeats and exotic grooves
      (which are the proven principles of Coldrick and Hillier's sonic
      blueprint), but subverts dance music's predicable repetition.
      Animated rhythm loops create the deep structure of this music,
      and their rush is alternated with dramatic slow-motion dreamy
      textural encounters and silvery melodic invention. Each
      composition jumps, peaks and turns back in quick-cut masterful
      pacing. What begins in a state of energy and motion culminates
      in a drawn-out extended piece aimed at the listener's inner
      dream of Eden. "Air" (23'28") is compellingly thematic with a
      striking range of synthesizer color and texture. The piece is
      restless, yet contemplative as this duo turns a simplified
      harmonic approach into a spiritual journey. Comprised of
      swelling drones, comforting harmonies and evocative effects,
      this closing track reveals its compositional foundation in the
      ability to mold our mood. But these quiet moments, whose
      emotional ripples seem to echo outward forever, move beyond
      the control of their maker. Big ideas underlie this work, which
      attempts to connect technology, nature and the human race.
      ELEMENTAL JOURNEY is for those yearning for authenticity in
      an increasingly artificial world.

      Tune in to STAR'S END this weekend for music from
      ELEMENTAL JOURNEY by Matt Coldrick + Matt Hillier

      For more on ELEMENTAL JOURNEY, access:
      http://www.absoluteambient.com

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      Chuck van Zyl
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