Craig Padilla & Marvin Allen: Toward the Horizon (Spotted Peccary, 2019)

March 30, 2019 at 6:07 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Craig Padilla & Marvin Allen: Toward the Horizon

Gotta be honest, when I first saw this I had the artist confused with José Padilla and I was expecting Ibiza chill-out type music. This is just as far from being aggressive, but it’s an entirely different mind state. Bringing to mind System 7 and Brain Machine, it’s cosmic ambient space-rock with expansive synths and farthest-nebula guitars, and occasionally it works up into dance beats. Almost all of the tracks are over 10 minutes, so it’s perfect for extended zone-outs. “Tidal Disruption” is the biggest track here, starting off with robot-wars drifting before gaining overdriven guitars and automotive beats. After that, it gets darker and deeper, and a lot more minimal. Really soothing and sometimes brain-stimulating.

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