Lectro Spektral Daze ‎– Full Fractal Vision

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NEOG045 Lectro Spektral Daze Full Fractal Vision(8xFile, WAV, Album) Neogoa NEOG045 Croatia 2016
NEOG045 Lectro Spektral Daze Full Fractal Vision(8xFile, FLAC, Album) Neogoa NEOG045 Croatia 2016
NEOG045 Lectro Spektral Daze Full Fractal Vision(8xFile, MP3, Album, 320) Neogoa NEOG045 Croatia 2016

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April 29, 2016
referencing Full Fractal Vision, 8xFile, WAV, Album, NEOG045
I had to look up Lectro Spektral Daze (short for "LSD" :)) because the name wasn't familiar to me, while the beautiful - what looks like - hand-painted cover drew my attention. Turns out Danny Marshal already released two albums on Timewarp Rec. - a record label I've been frankly avoiding as it somehow associates in my mind with budget goa/psy releases, full of simplistic, cheaply-sounding music...

The new album "Full Fractal Vision" was released instead by Neogoa as a free download, just 6 months after previous Timewarp full-lenght. The sound here is very old-school & vintage - even lo-fi at times - like a lot of Israeli artists in mid 90s or Boris Blenn's Jupiter8000 project, i.e. simple, clean but powerful, not "overly" produced or overloaded with numerous layers like it's fashionable nowadays - but varied enough. The production itself is however a touch muddy, especially the drums. The atmosphere is spacious, ethereal at times but musically it's lacking - no cringe worthy "melodies" or out-of-place chord changes, but no memorable ones either; just pretty simple riffs. For the most part it also sounds pretty flat musically, i.e. there's not much difference in energy levels between segments, no clear build-ups, wind-downs and climaxes; which isn't always a bad thing, but here it somehow sticks out as its defining factor.

Stand out tracks are: "Almost Nothing", because it has this nice flow of soaring arpreggios contrasting with heavy drums and Lunar Dawn's remix to "Farther From Reality", where clearer production brings out a lot of details that couldn't be heard (or were not present?) in original version, resulting in more dynamic track.

To sum up, it's an "almost there" release: sounds, ideas, arrangements, production if bumped up a notch could make this a very interesting album, but in the here & now, it's only mediocre - not offensive, but not very exciting either.

3/5