Dave W of White Hills wrote:
The latest release under the BLACK TEMPEST moniker is Proxima; a massive
work of some truly amazing cosmic music. Flowing naturally like ocean
currents, Proxima is seemless and organic. Over 52 minutes, the three
tracks that comprise Proxima weave pastoral and heavenly synth washes
and sequences with tasteful processed guitar and electronics. The
longer the song the more difficult it is to keep a listener
captivated; that is not a problem with this album. The different parts
in each composition come in and out at exactly the right moment keeping
the listener attentive and engulfed in the music from beginning to end.
For this Mr. Bradbury should be applauded.
Nothing about this album sounds forced at all. When I listen to this
disc, I am taken to a different place each time. It's the perfect
soundtrack for inner peace and understanding.
Steve Palmer of Terrascope wrote:
If Tangerine Dream, Klaus Schulze and early Jean-Michel Jarre are your
thing (and, believe me, they really should be) then you will love the
new release "Proxima" by Black Tempest,
a.k.a. Stephen Bradbury. Combining the best of analogue sequencing with
drifting chords, vintage synth effects and tasteful guitars and bass, I
loved this. Split into three sections covering 52 minutes, the album
takes all the best bits of the Berlin School and reworks those parts
into analogue heaven; specifically that provided by Moog, Doepfer and
Roland. The sequences don't outstay their welcome, as can be the case
with new BS material, and the overall form of the three compositions is
very pleasing. Electric guitar parts are subtle and don't (as could be
the case with a certain Mr Froese) overwhelm the tracks. I suppose
"Phaedra" would be the nearest sonic comparison. This album will be
receiving regular play at Palmer Towers.
|Originally released on Apollolaan as a limited edition of 50. Sold out.
Now available as a download.