Disembodied voices and the sound of whirling, churning synthesizer sounds open up Palancar's Union, but from there the recording moves on a -- sort of -- sonic triptych through a crafty mix of piano interludes and dense electronica-fused sojourns. In some way, shape, or form on most of this recording, Palancar's Union rests on some kind of breakbeat or drum-machine sequence that lays the foundation on which the rest of the piece is constructed. The combination of all of these elements creates something that has a very contemporary feel, while at the same time integrating some components of a 1980s kitsch electronic feel. Segments of this recording that consist of piano interludes are distinctly reminiscent of quasi-new age piano great George Winston's musical vocabulary; other parts of Union sound like the work of Steve Roach, Tangerine Dream, and Klaus Schulze. Palancar has crafted a fine recording that seems to leave no musical stone unturned, a recording that ventures into and across all kinds of genres.
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AllMusic Review by Matt Borghi