Majeure ‎– Union Of Worlds

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Constellation Tatsu ‎– PURR 0063
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All pieces composed, recorded, and mixed by A.E. Paterra @ Straylight Studios, Pittsburgh, PA, from December 2014 - April 2015, and May 2015.

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
PURR 0063 Majeure Union Of Worlds(6xFile, FLAC, Album) Constellation Tatsu PURR 0063 US 2015

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fivershutch

fivershutch

May 3, 2017

Having been a big collector of anything I can find on the wonderful Constellation Tatsu label the artwork alone of this release caught my attention. The cover art reminded me of those sci-fi paperback novels from the 1960's and 1970's that would flood my local 2nd hand book shops growing up that would take me to other worlds. Right from the first listen I was reminded of the mid 70's Virgin Years era Tangerine Dream, Klause Schulze, Jean Michel-Jarre, and Ashra. This is a special release and should be put out on vinyl or CD someday but in the meantime cassette or digital download is the only way to go which is fine with me as I still have several tape players lying around.

This cassette opened up many other doors for me as I started buying other cassettes, vinyl LPs, and CDs by Majeure and lead me to discover Zombi (2) whom he is 1/2 half of (the other member is Steve Moore). I've even picked up a few releases by Steve Moore and I love it all so as you can see this one cassette was a monster of a release for me. Pick up a copy if you are able locate one as this cassette is long out of print with only small amount pressed. You can thank for me later. I like all the tracks equally on this release. Normally on my reviews I will break down favorite tracks but this is a stunner from start to finish.
septober_energy

septober_energy

February 29, 2016
edited over 3 years ago

Releasing an album this good on cassette and download only seems like some kind of cruel joke more than a clever marketing gimmick aimed at retro-hipsters, especially for an artist who has released several other albums in deluxe vinyl packages. The perfectly matched cover art and the music on Union of Worlds deserve the wider audience that vinyl and/or CD would afford. Regardless, Union of Worlds pushes all the right buttons (literally) with an overdose of warm analog synth patches and a flair for cinematic atmospheres. A.E. Paterra and Zombi bandmate Steve Moore seem to have gotten their inspiration as much from early '80s sci-fi movies and old PBS science shows as much as they did from celebrated '70s krautronica pioneers like Tangerine Dream and Klaus Schulze (and also non-Teutonic figures like Vangelis and Michael Garrison). Those who share either obsession will certainly find much to enjoy here.

Majeure's entire catalog is a treasure trove of spacey hymns for vintage synth worship, usually in longer format pieces than what's found here. But somehow, in the six short- to medium-length pieces on this cassette, Paterra seems to have distilled the entire Majeure aesthetic into one perfect album. Whether waxing pensive and spacey, as in "Overmind", or going full-frontal Miami Vice with the machine-gun drum and synth assault of "Physis," Majeure manages to conjure retro moods while still offering something new. In this particular style of electronic music it's all too easy for lesser artists to let period-correct synths and sequencers do all the talking while bringing nothing original or substantive to the proceedings. With Union of Worlds, Paterra manages to give Majeure a unique voice that advances the style while remaining immediately accessible.