Dark Matter

Seeing Strange Lights

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Moving away from his sometimes-harsh work with Chrome and under his own name, Helios Creed's sole album under the name Dark Matter is straight up old-school space rock in the manner of Teutonic synth masters like Cluster and Harmonia and early albums by Tangerine Dream and Kraftwerk. Vintage synthesizers, heavily processed guitars, and (minimal) beats -- both organic and machine-made -- predominate on these seven songs, which range from an under-three-minute electronic rendition of the traditional Christmas tune "Carol of the Bells" (which sounds like an outtake from one of Peter Baumann's '70s solo records) to the 18-minutes-plus title track, which unfolds like a sidelong Krautrock improvisation. The expansive tracks unfold slowly and minimally, adding a strong dose of post-Eno ambience to the Krautrock-based drones. There's little new or innovative on Seeing Strange Lights, but fans of the style will appreciate it.

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