Velvet Speed- Beneath the Region of Dead Stars
(POA 40CD)

From Aural Innovations #37 (Sep 2007)

Beneath the Region of Dead Stars is what I would relate as ambient music for the stoned!

It is a 5 track CD and it is relatively short at just over 30 minutes, but it does state on the attached gumf that it is a soundtrack for a film, so I will take it as just that.

As you may guess with certain soundtracks, they can get a bit obscure in sound and sometimes they can make no sense without watching the film to ascertain a cause for such obscurity. Thankfully this CD makes sense on it’s own.

It is mainly structured in the synthesizer vein and it offers up a minimal repetitive feel, which at times seems hollow and distant, yet at others it is focused and direct. Sort of Black Lung meets Steve Roach, to give a reference point of sound, and maybe even Terry Riley or Vangelis could be mentioned here as they all represent aspects of this genre of music.

Sound quality, as you would imagine, is good, and the overall feel of the CD is mellow throughout. If I were to choose the best track for me it would be the last one Desert Run, as this was the only real sequenced track that had distinguished notes. Sort of Klaus Shulze in a fashion. Liked it and I would like to hear more!

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Reviewed by Albert Pollard

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