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Escapade — Inner Translucence
(Mother West MWR010497, 1997, CD)
by Mike McLatchey, Published 1998-02-01
In the long line of Space Rock groups that have been covered in detail in Exposé, Escapade belong to the latter day psychotropic explorers such as Ozric Tentacles, Architectural Metaphor, and Melting Euphoria. The greatest difference here is that Escapade never go for the power drive, loud and barreling bass-riff led jams. The music is far more subtle, and in many ways this is a good thing, as Escapade avoid being just another Ozric clone. The musical landscapes here are what are interesting — there is still an impetus set by the rhythm section, yet the analog synthesizers and heavily effect-laden guitar playing are what are the main focus here. I like Escapade because they are never obvious — they never go for the frivolous oscillator fluctuations or imitate Tim Blake or Steve Hillage in any way. The quiet of most of the album is very dreamy and peaceful and reminds one more of the early days of Tangerine Dream while never quite getting there. So in these days of Magic Mushroom Bands and "progressive electronic music" (read: techno), Escapade come as a continuous surprise and thankfully never overdo it.
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