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Babysue - October 2007
Erdem Helvacioglu - Altered Realities (CD, New Albion, Electronic/instrumental/progressive)

Electronic artists are a dime a dozen these days...and most of them are either continually regurgitating Brian Eno's Music for Airports for the millionth time...or their music is so silly and blippity-bloopity that you can only listen to it once or twice. Accordingly and as a matter of fact, the second album from Turkey's Erdem Helvacioglu is a refreshing blast of unique electronic air. Altered Realities is an appropriate title for this album as it features seven lengthy tunes recorded in real time (!) that center around the sounds created by an Ovation acoustic guitar. But those who might be expecting new age guitar instrumentals will be very surprised by the sounds presented here. Instead of going for a totally ambient sound...or a purely musical approach...Helvacioglu effectively combines both worlds into one slightly symphonic electronic otherworldly drone that is bewildering and, at times, rather magnificent. A great deal of time was obviously spent tweaking these tunes to perfection. This is easily one of the best electronic albums we have heard thus far this year. Strange tracks like "Bridge to Horizon," "Dreaming On a Blind Saddle," and "Ebony Remains" are absolutely essential listening. Recommended. (Rating: 5++)
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Altered Realities