Spyra says: “This the best CD that I´ve ever made!”, and, in fact, we won´t argue about that…although we also like his well-selling FAX-releases “Phonehead”, “Sferics” and the co-production “Virtual Vices” with Pete Namlook… “Etherlands”, which is a reference to the invisible ether and to all people who work in independent radio stations, is the logical continuance of “Sferics”. It is a stocktaking of Spyra´s music that indeed shows the wide range of freedom of movement within his own genuine style: “The Synthesizer Experience” is an 80s-like dance piece, which leads us directly to the time when Spyra started to make electronic music, Radio Noordzee with its dub-like rhythm is most typical of Spyra’s nowadays (live!) music, “Monotonous Stereo” shows that an experiment with a stereo dissection of a paradiddle within a 7/8-pattern range can (although this description might sound very weird) be a bliss to listen to, “Six miles south of Hastings” refers to “6 high minus 12 meters” on Spyr’s “Sferics” CD and in that way to Birth Control and 70ies space rock, and the title piece “Etherlands” is an Odyssey-like journey through the the hidden world of Ether-waves with classical sequence programming, wonderful melodies and tape-echoed experimental soundscapes. The inter- and extermezzi “Birds on the wire” and “Mellotron Etude” are pure melodic chillout tracks that are inspired by the vintage sounds of the famous Mellotron.
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