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Christiaan Bruins’ Inventions - Meta

Christiaan Bruins’ Inventions - Meta

Label : Freia Music | Archive under alternative / pop

Release type: Full-length CD

Vera : Is this what we call ‘progressive rock’ these days? I rather feel like being in the middle of a new age happening where you go in therapy to get calmer and relaxed. Or in the best case I should categorize it under ‘cosmic music’. Remember Klaus Schulze and Tangerine Dream? But Tangerine Dream included fervent guitar solos in their soundscapes from time to time. Not here. The music is totally built around (soaring) keyboards and misses dynamics. The overall timbre is laidback.

Following on ‘The Black Codex’, ‘Meta’ happens to be the second series of ideas from multi-instrumentalist Christiaan Bruin. The only guest musician is violinist Laura ten Voorde. It is peaceful, soaring background music in which incidental vocals pop up. These are velvet-like and smooth, just like everything seems to be done cautiously and very polished. This is so sleek that it nearly gets as slippery as ice. Samples and spoken fragments are often used. Songs like ‘One And The Same’ and ‘The Tuning Test’ are regaled with sweet, muffled vocals and in this respect they might be comparable with the later works of Steven Wilson where he also graces us with innocent peaceful pop songs and now he even tries to get mainstream success with his recent album. On the other hand, ‘Spaceship Earth’ with its soaring melodies is quite a nice heavenly spatial glide for those who have a liking for cosmic music. Any experimental and ambient sounds can be spotted in the music and towards the end the songs get longer, but alas also more long-winded. Thus this is for a selected audience.

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