Earth Awakening

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This powerful album by keyboard artist Om is a combination of Euro-electric rock and new age space music. The ten cuts alternate between yin and yang, with progressive rock pieces that show a Tangerine Dream influence, and some spacey electronic interludes. At least three tracks get the rhythms to percolate in ways that remind one of Tri Atma. The overall work is unified by common themes that pervade the compositions, and Om's choice of swirling, reverberated textures provide for a consistent sonic environment. Several tracks open with sounds of rain, birds, ocean and wind, helping the listener remain connected to the concept behind Earth Awakening. The opening track, "Gecko UFO," with its potent electric guitar parts and Enigma-like chorus, remains a favorite for both expressive movement and dance-free gatherings.