1 Up to the Stars 10:29
2 Megasun 4:29
3 Cosmic ChaCha 5:07
4 Galaxy Rising 6:04
5 Spacewards 12:39
6 Magellanic Cloud 6:10
7 Attic Music 5:48
8 Cassini Division 5:04
9 Black Hole Magic 4:46
After Space Gems, released last year, Cosmic Hoffmann (Klaus Hoffmann-Hoock) gets back again with another collection of unknowns tracks;20Outerspace Gems. A second release of unedited music composed between the analog years of 1978 to 1985, produced this time on the well known Manikin label. And a little as on Space Gems, this last Cosmic Hoffmann collection of rarities opens with a very boiling title.
The meeting place of a cosmos effervescence Up to the Stars rolls nervously on heavy sequencers which spiral on cascading loops in an overflowing of synths to galactic waves. A heavy track intersected with short intercalates of cosmic semi-atonic music with strident synthesized streaks. Megasun appeases the tempo with an ambient movement swept of heavy mellotron winds. An atonal passage where a synth bores a malevolent fog with fine oscillations which circle with an almost harmonious wandering.
Moreover all the concept of Outerspace Gems seems to be molded to a dark cosmos, spangled of fine melodious bits, thanks to a very poetic mellotron which will recall the beautiful days of tangerine Dream with Phaedra. Titles such as Galaxy Rising, Spacewards, Magellanic Cloud and Cassini Division will enchant space music lovers surrounded by cosmic fluids.Galaxy Rising and Spacewards are pure delights of ambient and gliding music. Cosmic ChaCha bears its name well. A cosmic dance on hopping minim alism sequencer, accompanied by a synth with languorous charms, in a galactic atmosphere. A title as special as astonishing which adds a little life to this dark album which fits the distant galaxies. Black Hole Magic seems out of place with a more lively approach. Acoustic guitar on a floating synth with great cosmic fragrances.
Outerspace Gems is a mainly gliding album, with beautiful melodious insertions. A quiet album, except for Up to the Stars, which brings us closer to the moon, of ourselves with a bit of a dark nostalgia of the 70’s.
Sylvain Lupari from Guts Of Darkness, The French Magazine of Dark & Experimental Music