Paul Ellis

Into the Liquid Unknown

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This is the first recording in a cooperative agreement between the excellent Hypnos Recordings label and the Binary label. This is worth mentioning because the music released on the Hypnos-Binary label is nothing at all like the music of Hypnos Recordings, which specializes in dark, almost clinical ambient. Hypnos-Binary put their focus on more dynamic forms of electronic music, everything from experimental electronica to more rhythmic trance and classic European-influenced electronic music. This is an important distinction to make when listening to their first release, Paul Ellis' Into the Liquid Unknown. Ellis' Liquid Unknown is as close to classic Berlin-school electronic music (i.e., Tangerine Dream and Klaus Schulze) as one can get without actually being from the Berlin school. The mechanical sounds of classic analog synthesizers and sequences pulsates on this recording from the beginning until the end. Fans of Steve Roach's early rhythmic- and sequencer-based work, such as Empetus and Now/Traveler, will verily enjoy Ellis' Liquid Unknown. Ellis has crafted this recording into a long-running and cohesive work that drips of electronic music nostalgia, while at the same time creating a work that is truly representative of his own voice. This is a fine recording, and certainly a time-worthy disc for those who have a thirst for German electronic music that longs to be quenched.

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