John Lyell


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Cool, slick, hip, spacey, ambient, classy electronics, great guitar, dreamy transports of sound textures just beyond description, droning grooves, reverby, overdriven, oscillating, phasing, pulsing, throbbing, your aural synapses on overload and all those dopamine receptors in blissville -- -- this is Wormholes. The quality of material that John Lyell and Brent A. Reiland serve up as their debut release is nothing short of phenomenal.

Ten tracks run the gamut from well-honed Jonn Serrie-ish space music to Pink Floydian space rock without ever going overboard, they balance dynamics in perfect restraint. This is ancient darkened cathedral ambience atop the Great Pyramid at sunset: soul-flight music. Take the journey, discover the rim of another galaxy, twist time into a sonic superstring, but remember to turn your phone ringer off first before you leave.

Wormholes is a must-have for anyone who appreciates ambient synth, space rock, or any such eclectic, electronic genre. Lyell and Reiland's Wormholes is one of the top ten space music/ ambient electronic releases of 1999. This debut release is highly recommended as being up to snuff with the established greats of the genre. File your future copy right next to Jonn Serrie, Steve Roach, Brian Eno, Wavestar, and early Tangerine Dream. A cohesively cool synth and spacey guitar experience.