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Just Offshore

by Just Offshore

Whether or not you describe it as Progressive Electronic or Progressive Electronica, Ambient, or New Age Music, one thing is certain: the musical adventure upon which you are about to embark is rich with the ebb and flow of moods, emotions and attitudes t
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1. Ocean Storm
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2. The Possibility Exists
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3. House Of The Rising Sun
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4. Meditation Medication
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5. Endless Journey
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6. Galactic Construction
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7. From Here To There
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8. 24-7
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
"I thought for sure I was listening to Vangelis or Tangerine Dream. Very impressive work." - Mudgie - The Riverbank

"What a fantastic example of instrumental rock at it's most innovative... reminiscent somewhat of YES at their best... it's pure ear candy!" - Colin Lynch - Besonic.com

Whether or not you describe it as Progressive Electronic or Progressive Electronica, Ambient, or New Age Music, one thing is certain: the musical adventure upon which you are about to embark is rich with the ebb and flow of moods, emotions and attitudes that one expects of a truly satisfying and memorable trip.

From the enticing opus, "Ocean Storm", to the frenetic bow of "24-7", the kaleidoscopic visions and imaginative scenery of a stimulating and exotic musical excursion are not out of reach on some far away island. They're Just Offshore.

The 8-song release features a new version of House of The Rising Sun, originally made popular by The Animals.

All music on the CD was written, arranged, produced and performed by Russ Mate and was recorded between March and July 2004 at MateMedia and mastered at Natural Sound, both located in Miami, Florida.

As one of the founding members of the seminal punk/metal excursion out of The Bronx known as Cold Sweat, Russ Mate established himself as a drummer during the early days of their run from 1981-1990.

As Cold Sweat's sound, lineup and direction changed, Russ would become the band's keyboardist. They received local airplay, which included rotation, and performed throughout the New York City area until they disbanded in 1990.

That same year saw Russ Mate join the New Jersey based, hard rock band, Mutley's Rockit as their keyboard man. During his stint with the Rockit, Russ recorded and performed with them in and around New York City. Artistic differences were the reason behind his decision to part company with the group by 1992.

That year, Russ formed Machine Head -- The Deep Purple Tribute. Also included in the original lineup was guitarist Guy Stevens, who would go on to record and perform with former Hole/Smashing Pumpkins bassist Melissa Auf Der Maur in the Black Sabbath tribute group, Hand Of Doom. Machine Head performed many successful shows throughout New York City and New England. Following a number of personnel changes, Russ decided to move on.

In 1995, under the name, Mate, Russ released a single on the Power Voltage label called, "Blue Water", produced by Peter Goldbeck. That summer, Russ produced Neon Fire's final single, the epic "Sir Wendell", in addition to providing the organ and piano tracks. It would be his production masterpiece for 1995 and, by the end of the year, his last effort for a while as a musician and performer, as he focused more on his other enterprises.

Today, Russ Mate is back on the scene and making music again as the creative force behind the innovative and increasingly popular Just Offshore.

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Progressive Rock & Progressive Metal - E- Zine

Progressive Rock & Progressive Metal
Just Offshore is an instrumental project led by the experienced North American multi-instrumentalist Russ Mate, who has been mostly involved with a more energetic sort of music over his career when being one of the founding members of the seminal Punk/Metal excursion out of the Bronx known as Cold Sweat, and also later upon joining the Hard Rock band Mutley’s Rockit, that he decided shortly after to part company with a view to form a new band called Machine Head, that was basically a Deep Purple tribute. In spite of spending most of his life performing this kind of music, this new project is entirely different from all his former projects whereas Russ Mate has currently decided to show another side of his creative power not only as a music performer, but also as a composer, overall on putting such a challenging project into practice, seen that it goes on a completely dissimilar direction ever accomplished by this gifted musician. This project that’s known as Just Offshore may well be described under some different aspect, as Progressive Electronic, Ambient and also New Age. Though I’d better describe it just as being a high-grade music overall, made by one who puts much of his soul into his art without even worrying about stylistic values according to perception. The album in question here features eight stunning songs, which sound delightful to the ears, and also speak straight to the heart. Maybe if the listener decides to keep his eyes shut while listening to the whole album, he will surely feel the sensation of having arrived at Shangri-La across an exciting trip after all, seen that the sonority proposed on the album is an invitation for everyone to do it while being a discerning listener of course. The opening theme is called ‘’Ocean Storm’’, quite a well-chosen cut to lead off such a splendid musical adventure, and make the listener perceive what’s really about to befall henceforward because it is plenty of glamour when being as well one of the most expressive compositions on the album. The other songs also follow up the same trend, always trying to keep a cohesive aspect where all the songs are on the very same level musically, never giving vent at all to any sort of off-color eclecticism that may really be contrary to the composer’s aim overall, even when Russ decided to re-work a new version of ‘’House of the Rising Sun’’ originally made popular by The Animals. And as to that, I must say it’s been quite interesting to have the chance of listening to a pop hit under an erudite sonority and see that much of its real essence was carefully kept. The whole album is full of delightful surprises where every song is entirely able to infuse a new sentiment to the listener’s heart and make him behold the world from another way where not only its gloomy side is visible to his eyes. This album in spite of sounding quite as an Electronic, Ambient or New Age Music, it doesn’t work up to an entirely introspective atmosphere over its course as it happens naturally to most of the albums that cover this genre; here in this case, the songs are mostly enticing, and the introspective moments are not so often indeed. Well, if you who are now having the chance of reading this review and want me to quote any sort of similarity to this work, I would then say that some works made by Tangerine Dream and Jean-Michel Jarre may well become a lively reference to describe the real sonority proposed in this album by Russ Mate at his project namely Just Offshore. It’s worth mentioning in this case that I have quoted Jean-Michel Jarre as a reference, but my comments are pointed obviously to his first works, which according to my slant, represent the most creative period in his glorious career. So if this reference really fits into your taste, the Just Offshore CD is for you then! Just Offshore consists of: Russ Mate - all instruments. This album is highly recommended... (By Sergio Motta)
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Jim Arno

I'D HEARD A GREAT DEAL OF BUZZ ABOUT THIS ALBUM...
I'd heard a great deal of buzz about this album so I bought it and was pleasantly surprised. It had certain aspects about it that reminded me of ELP with other ingredients that almost made me think it was Tangerine Dream on adreneline. If I have any criticism at all, it's that I'd like to hear even more instruments on it like percussion and horns but that's really very minor when the music is so polished and performed so impressively. This is real quality.
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Jeannie

Very cool sounds. Original. Soothing
This music is great! The songs have their own lives, separate from each other. Unique to each other. Ocean Storm gives the feel of a fugue...a chase...a flight. It has a very soothing rhythm. 24-7 has a heartier, meatier tribal beat. I really like this. Keep the music coming!!
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OuterStratosphere

"IF THIS WERE ELEVATOR MUSIC WE'D NEVER GET OFF"
Ambient-NewAge-Electronica best describe the wide spectrum
of musical treats consistant with Just Offshore. From 24/7
to Ocean Storm you will be repeatedly enticed with visions
of spiritual travel to your own sanctuary.
OuterStratosphere applauds Russ Mate's Just Offshore thus proving that ambient music has evolved to the 21st century
and beyond!
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