- Release Date 2017-11-03
- Label Materia
- Catalog MATERIA008D
The full-length personal releases by Marco Bailey, which stretch back to his mid-'90s period as a trance producer, have been gracefully arcing and anthemic affairs composed of individual tracks that follow that same blueprint. He is now about to drop his 5th full-length album overall, one that he personally claims to be the best overall representation of his sound. With seventeen tracks comprising almost an hour and a half of music, he has ample room to stretch out and to give listeners an excellent portable version of his potent live show. Of course, an epic running time alone is not the marker of a great audio experience, but an epic running time in which one loses track of time completely is - Bailey accomplishes this feat by never rushing the payoff; by organically building up each track until listeners are fully immersed in his alternate universe.
This skill can be heard on banging, sweat-saturated tracks like "Ash", "Genetix" and "Hasai," but also on comparitively gentle pieces like "Klauth" (which straddles the line between disciplined electro and something more dreamlike and weightless), or the blissed out "Suoh," which feels like a fresh snowfall in audio form. Low-key cuts like "Rex," driven by echo FX and other windswept sounds, form natural counterparts to busier tracks like "Ruth," with its spring-loaded sequencer attacks, or "Reboot That Device," which is ingeniously driven by a psychedelic organ whose sound evolves with various filter settings. Minimalist vocals are occasionally injected into the mix - i.e. on the "The Darkness" - to impart a subtle message of constant, ongoing expansion into unexplored galaxies without and within. It's as good a definition of the artist's musical mission as any.