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Album: Blue Shift Emissions *
# Song Title   Time
1)    Substation
2)    Happyfour Twenty
3)    Making a Snow Angel
4)    Ganky
5)    Stained Century
6)    Cordate
7)    Holobenthic Grex Venalium
8)    Blue Shifty Missions
9)    Breathe Between Sleep
10)    Vernor Vinge
11)    Balaam
 

Album: Blue Shift Emissions *
# Song Title   Time
1)    Substation
2)    Happyfour Twenty
3)    Making a Snow Angel
4)    Ganky
5)    Stained Century
6)    Cordate
7)    Holobenthic Grex Venalium
8)    Blue Shifty Missions
9)    Breathe Between Sleep
10)    Vernor Vinge
11)    Balaam
 
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  • Christ has to get some credit for the name alone, but it's all about how everything sounds in the end, and on the one-man act's second full album it sounds pretty good. The general sonic shift among solo electronic performers away from an endless series of Aphex Twin knockoffs to a more flowing, meditative sound in a new century can be heard here (even as song titles like "Happyfour Twenty" and "Holobenthic Grex Venalium" show there's some ways to go yet). To Christ's further credit, though, Blue Shift Emissions isn't simply another electronic shoegaze album as such, hinting back a bit further to roots like Apollo-era Eno. Certainly the long, stretched-out drones that underpin nearly everything on the disc have a general relation to the gaze approach but they are more often used as core lengthy loops, while the crisp percussion steers away from aggro glitch in favor of tense, understated tension. "Ganky" is a sharp example, with the blend of the above elements further punctuated by soft tones and almost exploratory jazz hooks via keyboards. It's not an original mix, but it is a very well-handled one, and the result is an 11-song album that seems to get better as it goes, the more so because the songs all aim for being distinct pieces rather than simply one constant progression into another. Further standouts include the stately "Cordate," which could be a lost theme song from the heyday of Nova and Cosmos on PBS. Meantime, calling one song "Blue Shifty Missions" is almost a bit too precious, but naming another one after noted science fiction author Vernor Vinge is a sharp tip of the hat. ~ Ned Raggett
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