Bil Vermette - Geophobia (1997)
Huge electronic music, that sounds like Ron Boots and the guitar of F.D. Projekt.
This release from 1997 features 50 minutes of earthy electronic music. For this release, the personnel return to the two Vermette brothers, with Bil on electronics and percussion and Gary on guitar. The introduction of basic percussion (to some tracks) and a depth of solid electronics (in all) lends this music a dense feeling. One hesitates to call it “rock” oriented, despite the obvious pun with the geological nature of the songs, but the sound is more well-rounded and explores grittier terrain than Vermette’s prior releases. Whatever classification you choose, the compositions soar with greater power and a wider appeal this time. A variety of electronics (growling pools of darkness, glistening fogs, agitated surges of crackling energy) seep and flow, providing poignant backdrops for the keyboard-directed riffs. Although piano provides a dramatic flair at times, the gist of the chords revolve around synthetically sourced sounds, many of which achieve a startling crispness that reaches far beyond basic auditory responses, triggering emotional attachments with the airy textures. The guitar flourishes at all the right points, tweaking placid passages with a remote wail and churning tension-riddled moments with a haunting quality. Resounding with a sustained space rock edge, the guitar riffs smolder and seethe, displaying their own molten fury. This music swells with an immense zest and stamina, evoking grand landscapes filled with breath-holding histrionics. Even when the melodies reduce their fervor, a sense of anticipation still exudes from every loving harmonic. Highly recommended for those searching for electronic music brimming with rewarding impact.
1. Endless Plains - 5:29
2. Incident In Desolation Canyon - 6:40
3. Mystique - 6:35
4. Return To Katha - 6:07
5. Lunarphase - 4:24
6. Tronscape - 5:57
7. Galileo's Fate - 9:12
8. L'Etoille Rouge - 5:18 RF FLAC | DF FLAC