Spiral Realms — Trip to G9
(Hawkwind Records HAWKVP32CD, 1995/2004, 2CD)
by Mike McLatchey, Published 1995-11-01
Simon House is an esteemed musician in my opinion, continually inventive and quite diverse, being the violin / keys player for the classic '69-'70 period High Tide, a short stint with Third Ear Band, and of course label pet Hawkwind. Of course, it's the 90s now and things are bound to be different – Spiral Realms is certainly a modern and digital project, more or less a duo of House and synth-bubble man Len del Rio. I wasn't sure what to expect from Cleopatra's roster of ex-Hawkwind projects, but this was a pleasant surprise. Spiral Realms falls neatly into the modern ambient synth style fortunately without the drum machines. All the mind expanding effects and synth sprays are heavily Ozric reminiscent yet Spiral Realms is no rock group. The melodies can be fairly poppy at times giving the feel a somewhat new age approach sort of like Tangerine Dream's Underwater Sunlight. Overall this is an album of atmosphere and the melodies seem purely incidental. A surprising release.
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