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Planetary Artifacts

by John Lyell

Ethereal Ambient Electronic & SpaceMusic
Genre: Electronic: Soundscapes
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Arrival
3:55 $0.99
2. Traversing the Portal
5:40 $0.99
3. The Visitors
6:16 $0.99
4. Red Shift 2
7:02 $0.99
5. Echoes of a Distant Past
8:33 $0.99
6. Planetary Artifacts
5:25 $0.99
7. Adrift in Time
5:02 $0.99
8. Another World
4:57 $0.99
9. Searching for a Moment
6:25 $0.99
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Album Notes
An Ambient Electronic adventure that has floating SpaceMusic and tracks with soft rhythmic pulses as well.



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A soundtrack to an excursion beyond the Local Cluster
Get ready to redeem your boarding-pass for an excursion beyond the Local Cluster. "Planetary Artifacts" is John Lyell's latest ambient CD, and the music is exactly what one would expect hear, on transit across the star-fields of interstellar space. Where mere corporeal physicality falls-by-the-wayside, and your higher-senses are accosted by a colossal, cosmic gestalt. This CD's cover-art features a rocky volcanic-outcropping, jutting far-out into an alien sea. While a natural satellite hovers in close-proximity near the horizon, against an oddly-hued sky. As you've already surmised, I'm also a dedicated fan of Mr. Lyell's graphic art style. As for the music, he exceeds his previous effort by light-years. Yet, firmly retains his classic style of ambient excellence. He composes pieces, that astonish the listener's discerning ear, with equal measures of the strange, and wonderful. The tunes are counter-pointed beautifully [e.g., Adrift in Time, and Another World] by the spatial-anomalies he adds into the synth-mix, and give-it an uncertain, oft-worldly feel. This newest offering would be great for any fans of: Dave Luxton, Csillagkod, Meg Bowles, Ascendant, Chronotope Project, and Simon Wilkinson. Highly Recommended.

Richard Gurtler

A very fascinating and manifoldly spiced sonic adventure!!!
A self-released album "Planetary Artifacts" is a 4th solo recording by US ambient soundscaper John Lyell, who is now based in New Mexico. Prior to these albums, he has released two collaborative CDs with Brent A. Reiland. Three years after the release of his previous album, a deep space monument "Reflection Of Time", the newest odyssey "Planetary Artifacts" is out since February 20th, 2017 in a 4-panel digipak featuring immersing horizons designed by the artist himself. The album was created at John Lyell's Light Year Studio, while residing in Minneapolis.

"Arrival", which clocks to nearly 4-minute mark, is the shortest piece on the album and it straightly drifts into warmly tranquil and helically enveloping expansive sceneries masterfully reinforced by rattling cybernetic disruptions, bleeping meridians, epic drone glimpses and ephemeral silent vistas. Short, but very effective! "Traversing The Portal" shifts immediately into galloping, sequencer-powered zones juxtaposed with glancing angelic weeps, temporarily blowing wind-like tapestries and transient remote rumbles. This distinguishing alchemy keeps on exhibiting also during the next piece, "The Visitors", where laid-back elusive cyber-tech pulses relentlessly commingle with ambiguously engrossing lamentations and occasionally outbursting machinery subtleties. "Red Shift 2" is propelled by persistently undulating and mesmerizingly enigmatic motif, here and there amalgamated with emerging panoptic blankets, clattering echoed mirages, sneaking phantasmal breaths and balmy ethereal pillows. Rather minimal in its structure, yet always hauntingly magnetizing journey awaits here!!! The next composition, "Echoes Of A Distant Past", with 8 and a half minutes the longest one on the album, glides effortlessly through euphoniously grandiose realms, exquisitely merging monochromatic immenseness with enthrallingly introspective panoramas, soothingly divine illuminations, contemplatively embracing solitudes and intriguingly traversing fragments. What a beauty, definitely one of the highlights!!! The title track "Planetary Artifacts" delves deeply into oracularly colored terrains, where quiescently tenebrous drone coalesces with hypogeally gossamer impulses, fleeting cinematic reflections, and clandestinely ascending and boisterously titillating glimmers. Another top-notch sonic escapade!!! "Adrift In Time" is navigated by rippling extraterrestrial drone desolations and fueled by strangely oscillating currents. "Another World" keeps on the orbit, where interminably meandering and eerily languorous quietudes connect with anomalously arising stellar beacons and fugitively ringing fractals. The closing track, "Searching For A Moment", is impelled by meditatively reverberating murmurs, which are constantly perforated by peeking flickers and desultory ear-piercing whines.

After triumphant albums like already mentioned "Reflection Of Time" and in 2012 released "Eternity", John Lyell returns again with a very fascinating and manifoldly spiced, 53 minutes long sonic adventure. A quite intricate, intense and peculiar soundcarving awaits here for each dedicated connoisseur of deep space ambience. Well-done, John!!! The mastering knobs, as usual, were controlled by Robert Rich at his Soundscape Studio. Focused headphone listening of "Planetary Artifacts" is undoubtedly fully rewarding!!!

Richard Gürtler (May 27, 2017, Bratislava, Slovakia)