Lone (2) ‎– Galaxy Garden

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New Colour 4:37
The Animal Pattern 4:25
As A Child 5:24
Lying In The Reeds 4:31
Dragon Blues Eyes 1:08
Crystal Caverns 1991 4:51
Raindance 4:21
Dream Girl / Sky Surfer 5:20
Earth's Lungs 4:18
Cthulhu 4:26
Stands Tidal Waves 1:47
Spirals 5:29
New Colour
The Animal Pattern
As A Child
Lying In The Reeds
Dragon Blues Eyes
Crystal Caverns 1991
Raindance
Dream Girl / Sky Surfer
Earth's Lungs
Cthulhu
Stands Tidal Waves
Spirals

Versions (4)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
RS1206LP, RS1206CD, RS 1206LP Lone (2) Galaxy Garden(2xLP, Album + CD, Album) R & S Records, R & S Records, R & S Records RS1206LP, RS1206CD, RS 1206LP Belgium 2012 Sell This Version
BRC-337 Lone (2) Galaxy Garden(CD, Album) Beat Records BRC-337 Japan 2012 Sell This Version
RS1206CD Lone (2) Galaxy Garden(CD, Album, Dig) R & S Records RS1206CD Belgium 2012 Sell This Version
RS1206CD Lone (2) Galaxy Garden(CD, Promo, Album) R & S Records RS1206CD Belgium 2012 Sell This Version

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nikmommy

nikmommy

March 22, 2016
referencing Galaxy Garden, CD, Album, Dig, RS1206CD

only a couple good songs on here, prolly my least fave record out of the bunch :/
rcary

rcary

March 20, 2013
referencing Galaxy Garden, 2xLP, Album + CD, Album, RS1206LP, RS1206CD, RS 1206LP

Absolutely worth at least one listen. "Galaxy Garden" is about as organic as something digital can get, but boy does this record just feel.. alive! The rhythms and melodies might be a little off-putting at first, but there's a real pull in the sonic landscapes of these pieces, and they grow on you. Just let it happen.
Mayhnaus

Mayhnaus

February 4, 2013
referencing Galaxy Garden, CD, Album, Dig, RS1206CD

"Galaxy Garden" is a solid album, it'll provide you with pleasant experience in almost any setting (club, home listening, background office music, joyride in a car, walking/jogging etc.), and it's a nice progression from "Emerald Fantasy Tracks", so way to go, Matt! But in my opinion, this is definitely not an outstanding record; average at best, and not very memorable. I can hardly imagine anyone seriously revisiting this record even in 5-6 years time span.
gunnerella

gunnerella

December 27, 2012
referencing Galaxy Garden, 2xLP, Album + CD, Album, RS1206LP, RS1206CD, RS 1206LP
Fantastic!! just fantastic! No more words needed....
mjb

mjb

November 3, 2012
edited over 4 years ago
referencing Galaxy Garden, CD, Album, Dig, RS1206CD
I don't know, man. I hate to say "overrated", because compared to what's been coming out for the last however-many years, yeah, it's good, if only for the fact that it embraces actual melody.

But the heaps of praise it gets really just highlight the sad state of techno and its progeny since the mid-'90s. All it takes is one album hinting at the good old days to get people in a tizzy... yet it's only about 85% of the way toward matching the quality of the music it's trying to sound like. It's not bad, and a couple of tracks I really enjoy, but it's not at all innovative or memorable.

I feel like each track is trying so hard to be "pretty" while it recaptures the sound of the early '90s ... that being melodic Detroit-ish techno (more funkless B12-style than authentic Detroit, but whatever) and hints of deep house without the depth, and UK hardcore without the hardness. It has uncredited Tangerine Dream samples, ethereal digital keyboard leads with analog synth pads, bass bleeps, breakbeats—much of it quite like the original-era sounds, but part of what made that original music so great was that it had a bit of grit or even a bit of seriousness, darkness, or some other kind of something's-not-quite-right-here quality to it. Well, everything's-quite-alright-here is the vibe of this album. It's retro-styled ear candy, nothing more.

Also a lot of that old music was recorded on cassette tape, with shitty stereo, levels not quite right, 8-bit samples truncated, instruments slightly off the beat due to MIDI delay/non-MIDI gear, whatever... but this album has that "made on a computer" sound...too precise and pristine for its own good.

And those old records had quite a bit of dynamic range, real impact and drama when called for... But this drama-free album is treading into Californication territory with its absolute shit mastering. Oh don't worry, the tinkly percussion and keys sound fine...but the percussion sounds like it's coming through a grocery store speaker. The bass pumping on some tracks is out of control, and not in a good, Daft Punk-y way. My DR meter confirms: average of 6 for the album, with one track at 4. If there was ever anything quiet and background-y here, it's been forced into the foreground with everything else; it's loud, loud, LOUD... OH SO PRETTY AND LOUD.
stevensteven327

stevensteven327

July 27, 2012
referencing Galaxy Garden, 2xLP, Album + CD, Album, RS1206LP, RS1206CD, RS 1206LP

Surprised to learn anyone thought this release was anything short of legendary! I've long been a huge fan of Lone (top of my list of people that I need to see live!), and though his previous releases are all amazing with abounding standout tracks, but Galaxy Garden is his first cohesive long play record to date: as a whole, it communicates a clear image, feeling, emotion, and world. Though many things remain part of Lone's work -- gauzy synth pads, breakbeat rhythms, 4-measure dramatic pauses, and water imagery -- from his first to his current release, this album is by far the most significant. It is an instant classic, something to be regarded one day as a turning point in electronic music. The culmination of sounds present in Galaxy Graden from the decades prior to its release are only exceeded by the number of sounds it will influence in the future.
newyork123

newyork123

June 30, 2012
edited over 4 years ago
referencing Galaxy Garden, 2xLP, Album + CD, Album, RS1206LP, RS1206CD, RS 1206LP
I dunno? It all sounds the same, just change the beats and sound signature a little bit!! the synths, the bongos and the pads are the same every release, just slightly different.
ruethewhirl

ruethewhirl

May 12, 2012
edited over 4 years ago
referencing Galaxy Garden, CD, Album, Dig, RS1206CD
"This record is so trippy, it's like falling into the white rabbit's hole but instead of making it to wonderland, you get into another forest, an upside down one, with the sky just bellow your naked feet, full of planets that seem more like giant lollipops and where everything is made of mirrors, of warm glass, that reflect all the colours that exist. You can hear water flowing in every single track, but it's not a river. It's flowing throughout and inside the branches, tangling all the threes to an infinite vegetable Venice where tiny creatures sail the waters in leaves, while singing and playing their xylophones made of candy. Compared to the sound they create, every single colour i have seen in my life is either black or white."

I wrote this somewhere on the internet as a reaction to this record, after a couple of listenings. It kinda sounds sissy now, but at that time, after coming out of such an immersive experience, those words really came out so naturally. This record really is an explosion of color, fire and water, stars, and so much more, that it takes you somewhere.
It may sound disappointing for those who wanted something different, but people need to understand that Lone evolves subtly, in detail and mood, not in formula. Just think of how different are Emerald Fantasy Tracks and Echolocations, for example, and how little time went between those two releases.
The most important of all, for me, is that Lone has a really unique sound, original, fresh, distinctive, and that is what i always look for in the first place. Best record of 2012? One of the best? I don't know and i don't care. It's unique.
the_gashman

the_gashman

May 10, 2012
referencing Galaxy Garden, 2xLP, Album + CD, Album, RS1206LP, RS1206CD, RS 1206LP
For some reason this release seems to have polarised opinion in the press, with fans etc. I thought previous Lone material was OK, take it or leave it. But I really like this album as a cohesive set of tracks. Makes me think back to the early 90's when 'people' said that there could be no such thing as a dance album; dance was consumed in single tracks, 12"s and the like. Folks just need time to get used to changes before they can then progress on to liking those changes. So, I like this. But then again, I'm an ex-90's raver Dad who now mostly listens to dance music sitting down at work...