Genre/Influences: Electro-Ambient, Cinematographic, Experimental.
Format: Digital, CD.
Background/Info: The Roswell Incident is a Belgian project set up and driven by the brothers Koen and Jan Buytaert. They claim to be inspired by the legendary ‘Berlin School’. They’re now busy for more than ten years and previously self-released four albums. “Trapped Part One” is their fifth full length album released in 2019 for the “Belgian NeuMusik”-series set up by Wool-E Discs.
Content: This album clearly reflects the Ambient influences from the so-called Berlin School. Impossible here to not remind me of the genius of Tangerine Dream and Klaus Schulze. The work features only 2 tracks, which are pretty elaborated. You feel like you are embarking on an Ambient trip on which stars have been transposed into bleeps. Both tracks have been progressively built up, featuring different passages. You now and then will notice some piano arrangements, but the main characteristic remains the astral dimension of the work. Deep, vibrating bass tones are accentuating the progression of the tracks, which both are ending into pure climax.
+ + + : The Roswell Incident doesn’t innovate, but sounds as an intelligent and successful emulation of the ambient music those brothers like. They accomplished both tracks with passion and patience; finally reaching the ultimate point of each song, which is comparable to a sonic orgasm. I like the low, vibrating bass lines and the subtle little bleeps, which are even more efficient when listening to the work using headphones. But this is also music to play loud at a cold winter evening. The sound production is absolutely phenomenal; it has something pretty vintage-like and yet it has been composed with digital equipment.
– – – : The only reproach you can make to this band is they avoid any kind of innovation, but simply emulate the music they like.
Conclusion: The Roswell Incident took me by surprise; this album being without a shadow of a doubt the most accomplished one in the “Belgian NeuMusik”-series. This is an absolute must-have!
Best songs: “Trying To Escape The Möbius Timeshift”, “Folded Spaces”.