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Author's Rating
Vocals N/A
Musicianship 9
Lyrics N/A
Production 10
Creativity 9.75
Lasting Value 9.5
Reviewer Tilt 10
Final Verdict: 97%
Member Ratings
Musicianship 9.25
Production 8.5
Creativity 10
Lasting Value 9
Reviewer Tilt 0.25
Average: 74%
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Lanes - Fractal Collapse

Reviewed by: Susan Frances (03/08/08)
Lanes - Fractal Collapse
Record Label: None
Release Date: February 28, 2008

Electronica arranger/composer/scriber Andrei “Lanes” has released his third album Fractal Collapse, the follow up to his sophomore album Hydra Missing, Fear the Worst and his debut CD Smoke and Mirrors. Each installment is evidence of Andrei’s expansive imagination, and Fractal Collapse is a personal best for him. The music is like an orchestra of sound crystals which are continually in a state of motion. He surpasses the artistic melees and montages of many electronica craftsmen who commonly perform what DJ’s spin on their turntables, but Andrei’s music never feels like DJ-spun scribbles. The compositions are sonic tarmacs with ornate drawings and a massive level of artistic coordination. The songs make you stop and listen, even without visuals to accompany them. Fractal Collapse is like an optical illusion that is experienced aurally.

Tracks like “Eyeliner” and “Phantom” create sonic mirages with figures that leap, ski, and zigzag like bouncing tennis balls swishing, flugging, and juggling into a vast array of futuristic-clad phrasings. The wind blown digital soundscapes of “Chimera” suture slinky curvatures that astound the listener and the towering register of electronic blades sustain their mariner pitch throughout “Karmas Melody” as bustling movements activate the registers below. “Samaire” is a top-notch track starting out with small bleeps that grow into palatial dunes. More evidence of Andrei’s artistic inclinations is shown in the glittering digital crystals of the title track shooting off soft sonic ringlets producing a nightly seduction, and the animated trajectories of “AD Noctvm” run rampant with a wonder-emporium feel as the cybernetic notes sound like they move on stilts. The melodic coordination of the electronic patterns is stunning to experience with amazing sonic flips and mysterious naves morphed from the digital sound waves. The music forms visual images in the listener’s mind so vivid they seem touchable.

It is hard to believe there is an area of electronica music that has not been inhabited, but just when it seems like the genre has reached its final frontier, Lanes forges into unoccupied territory. Fractal Collapse has Lanes coming out full throttle and finding the impetus to expand his thinking from people whom he has come to look up to like Evanescence’s Amy Lee in the track “Amyland,” Danica Deering in the track “Shapeshifter,” and Kris Renta in the track “Karmas Melody.” Lanes is an artist who finds inspiration for his material in people. His compositions are reflections of human behavior – the good, the evil, the mischievous, the proud, and anything else that Andrei can discover inside them. Fractal Collapse is an abstract representation of human behavior and has a positive outlook for the future.

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