Polyploid ‎– Touch Proof

Intruder Records ‎– INTRUCD 001
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1 Eidos Form 9:23
2 Onomastic Helicon
Written-By – Ciaran Walsh
3 Akousmata 10:54
4 Bright Lights 12:26
5 White Crow (Noise Event)
Written-By – Ciaran Walsh
6 Season 6:50
7 Church Of Tangent
Written-By – Ciaran Walsh
8 Touch Proof
Written-By – Ciaran Walsh

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All tracks mixed at H.O.S. Records, except 1 & 6 at Helix Studios.

"This album is dedicated to the memory of Solo."

Total running time: 76:03

© + ℗ 96 Intruder Records / H.O.S. Records

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  • Barcode: 7 90307 01462 5



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May 4, 2010

"Touch proof" is the debut album by producer Chris Gannon, a veteran in the scene, who is perhaps most known as the brother in arms to Ciaran Walsh (AKA Deviant Electronics). On this album, recorded under the Polyploid alias, he walks a very fine line between quirky and mind boggling psy trance (the opening track and by far my favorite piece of work here, and the linerar, pulsating and hypnotic Onomastic Helicon), psy breaks with unpredictable directions the music takes (White Crow, Touch Proof and, less obviously, Akousmata), then there is the really up-tempo track Bright Lights, which unfortunately goes on for way too long with not enough variation to fulfill the purpose of a proper party cut, then we have the laid back Season track, with some soft piano keys and a very laid back feel to it, while Church Of Tangent starts out on an ambient note, but then presents this really ethereal acid lead, and the whole track eventually builds to a really cosmic (if you allow me to sound so shanti) voyage, with beautiful melodies and catchy 303 leads. The album closes with Touch Proof, a broken beat tune with light, touching and completely spaced out melodies layed over fast and chopped drum kicks.
Now, as positive as my thoughts may seem, Polyploid fails at a few levels. First of all, his style isn't all that captivating and engaging enough to guarantee multiple spins in my CD player. Second of all, it is the inability to excel at any particular layer. While his melody work is competent, odds are slim you will ever pick this album out of the bunch when you will be in the mood of giving your favorite nineties goa trance orientated releases a spin. The beats and all are quite cool, but the vast majority is way too slow for the dance floors, and if the tempo of the tracks is not the issue, then it's the bleakness which gets at me the most. The music here just doesn't hold enough in store to keep me interested. Thing is, a lot of this stuff is just good, without the slightest intent of coming across as great. Bottom line is: if you feel spending 50 brit pounds on a release which is as good as the debut album by artists such as Brainman, Dreamweaver, Trans-Lucid or Freq (hence my irony), then go for it, but otheriwse, take heed: Polyploid is a good album, which has potential to satisfy a lot of people due to its mainly scattered and unburdened structure. However, it takes a back seat whenever a listener wanting more approcahes. You want great psy breaks? Check out Eat Static and Somaton. You want fabulous melody work which hypnotizes while simultaneously sounding intricate and complex, go check out the crew which used to form the Dimension 5 project... Bottom line is: this album is good, no matter how you look at it, but it lacks that extra piece shine all the way through.
Yes it does. That is, only if your question is whether or not does this release come across as worthwhile if you spend 100 euro and more on it. Well, to keep things short and simple, no it does not. Polyploid's album is worth getting only, and I do mean only after your knowledge of old school goa trance has grown to such an extent that you have no other choice but celebrating your tenth wedding anniversary by giving this to your wife as a present!