Alias Zone

Lucid Dreams

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Lucid Dreams could almost qualify as a new age/world recording, but Alias Zone has taken great pains to assure that they weren't pigeon-holed into that category -- or any other for that matter. Therein lies part of the problem. In some places Lucid Dreams sounds a lot like Grateful Dead percussionist and world music experimenter Mickey Hart's work, but in other places the recording has a sound of one of Bill Laswell's quasi-tribal/world/dance hybrid outings. There are many aspects of Alias Zone's Lucid Dreams that set it apart from their contemporaries' work, but the one truly refreshing aspect is the live, dynamic, and refreshingly real instrumentation. It sounds like Alias Zone are using real instruments, and that's because they are, which truly makes this recording different from other new age recordings. The tracks that make up Alias Zone's Lucid Dreams run the gamut of music genres, but it's this cross-genre flexibility that will help them out immensely as their gifted willingness to try new things is a thirst that seems to go unquenched. This is an excellent work and fans of Hart, Laswell, and new age alike will verily enjoy this eclectic recording.

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