Artist: Cosmic Hoffmann
Album: Outerspace Gems

Released: 2008
Label: Manikin

Outerspace Gems Cosmic Hoffmann
Outerspace Gems (60'48") travels a path formed of ancient echoes. Cosmic Hoffman presents nine rough-hewn late-night jam sessions channeling the ethos of "Phaedra" and the cerebral energy of "Cyborg". Hoffmann embraces the early-day attitudes of the Kosmische Musik movement and transcends them. Elevating the most familiar themes to another sphere, his Mellotron, guitar and classic analogue synths glow with their first radiance. Glissando guitar, modular synthesizers and Mellotron pads fall into a wondrous mix of vibrating metal chords, electronic modulations and elegiac choir and strings. Riding the tides of cosmic seas, this work shifts in a current of sonic and harmonic motion. Outerspace Gems is often beautiful, even breathtaking - as it conjures up visions of galaxies, planets and vast stretches of space. Hoffmann's imagination carries these performances, and anyone in love with Spacemusic and its very specific poetry will want to hear this recording.

- Chuck van Zyl/STAR'S END   30 October 2008

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