Mark Dwane

The Atlantis Factor

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Dwane is back with wave sounds, whale-like calls, and all exclusively created and performed on MIDI guitar and Roland R8 percussion. There's a strong echo of Patrick O'Hearn and Peter Buffet's compositional frameworks. It is as if O'Hearn is guesting on bass at times. On "Firestone" the trademark Dwane sound is very strong again, very alien, very unique. "Song Of The Dolphin" is full of endorphin-flow effects that cerebrally cycle in and out of earshot for that truly spaced-out moment. This where Dwane excels in gilded flourishes and special attention to small details. Hear a distant dolphin vocalization? In "Dark Energies" you can hear Dwane's ability to truly disturb one's psyche and build an effective tension. Too bad that track was only 2:16. I'd love to hear Dwane tackle a whole project dedicated to the "darker side" of reality * fear, loathing, alien abuction dread, bad checks. He could do a fine job of such. Dwane is a fine story teller in his whole album concepts. On "Eternal Echoes" we outro Constance Demby fashion with synth strings, synth grand piano, assorted MIDI chimes, and inspirational treatments.

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