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Legends

by Sequential Dreams

Ex-Tangerine Dream guitarist Bernhard Beibl, joins epic cinematic TV and film score producer Ryo Utasato, celebrated New Age pianist Kori Linae Carothers, and the layered synthesizers and guitars of producer Kuutana for Sequential Dreams' seventh album
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1. Mission to Shangri-La
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2. A Day Like No Other
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3. Kurenai
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4. Through the Looking Glass
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5. Event Horizon
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6. Canyon Oasis
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7. Mojave Midnight
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8. The Kindly Beast
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9. The Electric Monk
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10. The Big Apple
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11. One Giant Leap
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Album Notes

- "The more I listen to it, the more I love this album" - Paul Baker, on "Sequential Dreams, Legends album", Soundscapes Show #68
- "An album which crosses easily the limits between electronic rock, New Age and some perfumes of Berlin School from the Tangerine Dream's best years..." from the Synth&Sequences June 2016 review of Sequential Dreams "Legends"
- "Beautiful! ... Great harmonic tracks" Simon Thomas, Sine FM
- “Legends” unfolds like a science fiction thriller full of exciting twists and turns, delivering an exhilarating listening reward of interstellar adventure!
~Candice Michelle June 3, 2016 (for Journeyscapes Radio)

Full Review and News
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The seventh Sequential Dreams album, “Legends” brings together a rich mix of electronic instrumental music in a thematic setting inspired by individual “tales.”
Although taken individually, sections of Legends tracks may have a sound familiar to New Age or Ambient music genres, the listener will discover the progressive nature of the composition style as the sections evolve from a setting of gentle mystical beginnings which gradually transition into energetic finales blending rich layers of synthesizer textures and pads, with percussive sequences cut through by masterfully played guitars. To provide moments of relaxation and reverie, some pieces revolve around deeply emotional acoustic piano which bathe in synergistic layers of synthesizers pads and melodies with guitar lines which ebb and flow, following the evolving moods of the compositions. The listener will also be guided through the occasional moment of eastern traditional influences that add little unexpected moments of tribal discovery.

The end result of a dedicated effort to synergistically align the rich musical contributions and influences of talented musicians from the Americas, Europe, and Asia, Sequential Dream’s “Legends” album is a sonic adventure not to be missed!

Influences: Ambient and Ambient soundscapes, New Age, Berlin School Electronic Music, and Electronic Rock.
credits

Bernhard Beibl - cprod; c/p guitars, violin
Mission to Shangri-La, Event Horizon, Canyon Oasis, Mojave Midnight, The Electric Monk; and cprod on The Big Apple and One Giant Leap
Kori L. Carothers - c/p Piano - A Day Like No Other*, The Kindly Beast*
Ryo Utasato - cprod; c/p synthesizers, arrangements - Kurenai
Kuutana - All tracks: guitar, synthesizers, arrangements, and c/p on all track except Solo c/p Through the Looking Glass, The Big Apple, and One Giant Leap

c/p = Compose and perform ; coprod = Co-produce; arrangements = drums, percussions, vocals, media

* 1. A Day Like No Other and 2.The Kindly Beast additional credits
On 1. Noah Wilding - vocals , Jeff Haynes - percussion, and Tom Eaton - bass
Initial tracks produced by Will Ackerman and Tom Eaton, recorded and mixed by Tom Eaton at Imaginary Road Studios. Kuutana composed and mixed-in layers of synthesizers, guitars, and final arrangements to both tracks to produce the final Sequential Dreams versions for this album.

Album artwork by Andreas Schwietzke

Mixed and Mastered by Ron Charron, Borders Edge Music Canada
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Candice Michelle

Review from Journeyscapes Radio
“Legends” is the seventh album from Sequential Dreams, an electronic musical project by Kuutana who has also released more ambient solo works, as well as a chillout musical project titled Sundown Café. Also contributing to this album is ex-Tangerine Dream guitarist Bernhard Beibl on guitar and violin, as well as Ryo Utasato on synthesizer-arrangements, with piano contributions by Kori Linae Carothers on a couple of tracks. Comprised of eleven compositions spanning nearly eighty minutes total, “Legends” takes the listener on a thematic musical excursion inspired by individual tales.

Opening the album is “Mission to Shangri-La”, a piece named for a mythical paradise described in the 1933 novel “Lost Horizons” by James Hilton. Dynamic sequencers and vintage synthesizer sounds are accompanied by drums and violin, which conjointly convey an essence of time travel. Slowing down a bit is “A Day Like No Other, a more ‘new age’ style piece which Kuutana co-produced with Will Ackerman and Tom Eaton (who also lends bass here) and features Jeff Haynes on percussion. We are also treated to a lovely piano arrangement throughout courtesy of Kori Linae Carothers, along with the ethereal vocals of Noah Wilding, all beautifully and seamlessly blending into the composition’s electronic-ambient backdrop. Following next is “Kurenai”, which is easily one of my favorites. Beginning in a slightly foreboding manner, the piece leads into a dreamlike exuberance, where a rumbling bassline and vigorous drums characteristic of Japan's Ryo Utasato are juxtaposed with crystalline textures and muffled operatic voices, collectively imparting a sense of traveling through space at warp-speed. “Event Horizon” is another notable track of a more electronic-ambient nature; beginning with a spacious drone, it soon gives way to oscillating sequencers and trippy electric guitar effects, imbuing the composition with a psychedelic aura. “Canyon Oasis” is another particular standout reminiscent of 1980’s-era Tangerine Dream, where a synthesized melody and active percussion are guided by soaring and passionate electric guitar. Closing out the album is “One Giant Leap”, another traveling and rhythmic piece; its cumulative array of electronic sequencers, operatic voices and electric guitar seemingly allude to a giant leap of a quantum nature.

“Legends” is a most excellent foray into the Berlin School style of electronic music while also touching on elements of progressive rock. Although similarities to Tangerine Dream are apparent, I also felt a distinctive Pink Floyd vibe, particularly on the album's more guitar-laden tracks. A timeless genre of music that has likewise been explored by musical contemporaries such as Gert Emmens, Ron Boots and David Wright, Sequential Dreams is clearly at the genre’s cutting edge of sound. Moving in a constant linear motion from beginning to end, “Legends” unfolds like a science fiction thriller full of exciting twists and turns, delivering an exhilarating listening reward of interstellar adventure!
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Sergey Lenkov

Tangerine Sound
If you like albums by Tangerine Dream from the late 80s-2000s - this album was recorded especially for you.
It's like you are drinking soft cocktail mix from Tangerine sounds. Music is dynamic and in the same time relaxing, multi-layered.
International team of Sequential Dream which includes one former member of Tangerine Dream , one Japanese lady - composer and producer Ryo Utasato, one more lady - Kori Linae Carothers who worked with Will Ackerman, and Canadian multi-instrumentalist (and fan of TD) Kuutana made their work professionally. Music is very exquisite, relaxing. Musicians are constantly changing of moods, instruments, electronic pulsations and guitars. It's really enjoyable record.
Of course I wouldn't compare it with Tangerine Dream - it's more light and soft, but if you like TD - probably you'll like this album.
Sad that only CDRs are available here, not factory pressed CDs.
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