Steve Moore/Majeure - Brainstorm - Albums - Reviews - Soundblab

Steve Moore/Majeure - Brainstorm

by Rich Morris Rating:6 Release Date:2012-02-20

Having garnered considerable critical acclaim for their work in synth-prog duo Zombi, Steve Moore and musical partner Majeure, aka AE Pattera, have decided to explore their solo options together with a split release - kind of like OutKast's Speakerboxxx/The Love Below for people who love listening to slowly undulating synth odysseys.

Brainstorm sees no great shift away from the duo's established sound. The first four tracks belong to Moore and each one is the sort of funereal paced, heavily portentous synth work-out which could comfortably soundtrack any 70s/80s John Carpenter film. If you're fan of Carpenter's oeuvre, you'll know that isn't a criticism. Unfortunately, the album gets off to a poor beginning with the clunky, mildly irritating 'Enhanced Human'. After this false start, however, the following tracks all hit the spot, with 'Null Space' and the fabulously titled 'Dawn of Primordial Life' particularly standing out.

The album rounds off with Majeure's contribution, 'Atlantis Purge' a 20 minute, multi-part piece which evolves from a long ambient intro, through some Tangerine Dream-esque synth noodling, before finally adding drums and evolving into a slow, proggy jam. Considering Majeure is the group's drummer, it's a little surprising this piece of music is so drum-light, but then I guess trying new things is the point of extracurricular solo activities, non?

All in all, Brainstorm is a decent example of what this duo does well, but there's nothing here particularly new or exciting either. If this is the kind of music you love, you might find yourself drifting back to you Tangerine Dream and Vangelis albums instead.

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