The Martian

Cosmic Movement

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For the second Red Planet release, the Martian moves towards a more epic style of song construction, dedicating an entire side each of 12" vinyl to the two songs on Cosmic Movement. In addition to mere song length, the Martian also focuses on more progressive song structures by taking the span of minutes to develop these pieces from near ambience to peak intensity. This approach is evident on the title track's opening minute of strange alien shrieking, the slow entry of synthesizer tones, and the eventual introduction of quickly flowing percussive rhythms. "Stardancer," the impressive B-side, continually builds while never seeming to completely peak. The showering high-hat percussion crashes with equal amounts of subtlety and frenzy as a pulsing bassline pumps frantically in the background. In the song's foreground is a fluctuating synthesizer riff that oscillates as if it is heading in some particular direction, one moment increasing its pitch then suddenly taking a dive.