Genre/Influences: Electro-Ambient, Cinematographic.
Format: Digital, CD.
Background/Info: This new work by Belgian project Sebastopol (aka Marc Debroey) is Chapter 27 in the “Belgian NeuMusik”-series. “Moondust And Black Stars” was already released a while ago (by the end of 2019) and is meant as an homage to pioneers of Electronic music.
Content: This album moves on in the line of its predecessor “The Landing, 11”. We’re moving back to the origins of Electronic music or at least time when Electronic music started to get known. The tracks are supported with some sonic reminiscences of the 70s, times of pure Electro-Ambient experiments. The album sounds pretty vintage-like, but more dreamy than its predecessor. Some passages are even into the pure Cinematographic format.
+ + + : The main strength of Sebastopol remains the strong visual strength of the music. It’s accentuated by a more explicit Cinematographic approach, creating a world of reverie and abyssal experience. The tracks have been progressively built up and I mainly recommend listening to “A Long Way” and “Claire De Lune”. The last piece “Number Two” also is an enjoyable sound experience filled with serenity.
– – – : I experienced this work as being a bit more ‘personal’ than “The Landing, 11”, but it’s still missing something ‘unique’ and innovative. I however think it’s not exactly the goal of this musician who simply composes the music he likes.
Conclusion: Sebastopol sounds a bit as a time capsule getting us back to the early days of Electronic music and some legendary pioneers.
Best songs: “ A Long Way”, “Claire De Lune”.