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Sophe Lux & The Mystic - All Are One

by Mark Steele Rating:8 Release Date:2016-09-02

Portland's Vocalist Gwynneth Haynes alongside engineer/instrumentalist Larry Crane. collaborate to produce All Are One, nine tracks that could have been a soulful apocalyptic early 80's sci-fi soundtrack. A possible musical suite of sorts is teeming with layered synths, driving beats and filled with existential questions. Leading rider 'Your Wonderland', seems to provide the feel of a haunting inter-dimensional exploration. Psych-Soul guitars aid in putting forward a rhythmic retrospective sound. Haunting reverbed piano chords behind Gwynneth's vocals on 'The Love Comet' come across a touch of a space-gothic-type Kate Bush, a catchy song indeed.  It maybe hopeful to wish that this is released as a single, neverless it would be worth a shot.

Trippy synths over a Giorgio Moroder type groove gives 'The Earth Breathes' a cosmic reflective air, a let-us-praise-the-earth anthem,  part The Eurythmics, part Dee D. Jackson and lies within layered flanged guitars, echoed marimbas. The title track has a jubilant vibrancy, as though it was part of a musical theme when an inhabitable earth-like planet with has been discovered, yet it seems to be a song addressing earth issues, a popular theme on the album.

The vibe becomes more soul-blues on 'Infinite Colours Of Desire, in which Gwynneth's voice showcases her transcendent richness, and presents pictoral aspects of nature, over a steady groove that seems like a nod to Air's Moon Safari instrumentation. This reflection continues again on 'Who Knows What Wonders Might Arise', a bright, optimistic love poem, she sings in the atmospheric piano quietness, " I believe in you/and you believe in me/as long as one of us is suffering/none of us are free".

A definite Tori Amos quirkiness comes over on the psych-pop of 'Waking The White Winged Horse', a retrospection of earlier times. The first thing that may hit you with 'Love Is Waiting' are the vocals seeming like a cosmic Janis Joplin. This album finally ends with the expansive arpeggio and string Kate Bush/Florence and The Machine-esque 'Arise & Awake', which embeds hope to get up and go.

Here on All Are One the attempted combination of Psych-Pop and Electronica-chamber pop has worked. Further to add that should any dance producers get their creative hands on these tunes, then there shall be remixes galore to bolt on to an already substantial album.

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