Posthuman Dream is a solo project from a French composer who has been creating music for the last thirty years. His release High Time has been in the works for nine of those. This album to me sounded very ’70s influenced but from different genres.
The most obvious would be psychedelic, atmospheric rock in the spirit of a band like Pink Floyd. There is a lot of lead guitar and drum work which reminded me of the legendary band. The other less common name but considered the founder of ambient music would be Brian Eno.
This album plays a little more like an ambient album. It’s instrumental and some of the tracks are very long and tend to feel more like soundscapes than songs you would hear on the radio.
The album opens with “Siren's call” which does sound a lot like a Siren. It’s a celestial, cosmic sounding song that relies on atmospheric pads. The classical guitar gave the song more of a new age feel once it arrives. “Seventy steps” gets more energy. Drums are introduced here. The song however goes in all sorts of different areas. Sometimes it feels dark, other times bright. Lead guitar is a focal point throughout most of the song but there are breakdowns, field recordings and more. It’s pretty epic. I felt like I needed a breather after that song but instead got the most epic song on the album which is over fourteen minutes long. I will sum up the song by saying a lot of it felt theatrical. I felt like I was riding a camel in the desert for most of it.
Things continue with “Helios” which is a warmer guitar driven song. At last there is an interlude which is named “Interlude (posthuman atmosphere)” which sounds like a mysterious mist in the jungle. “Nights and days” is a synth heavy track that rides in the horizon while “Time to leave” is a wee bit sensual you might say. A familiar energy is revisited on “Electric tribe” which reaches some epic heights. “Give me wings…” and “...And I will fly away” felt connected. Both of the songs felt mystical. “Llac s'neris” closes out the album like a faded dream from the past.
High Time is an intense and sprawling album. It will no doubt take some time to fully absorb but it is worth the effort.
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