Philippe Ansari: Worlds Beyond Cause (CD, 62:28); Cydonia, 8745-1, 1997 E-mail: N/A Cyberhome: www.cydonia.co.uk 10 words or less: Instrumental Guitar weirdness from one-man band Elaboration: Philippe Ansari is a guitarist who uses basses, keyboards and drum machines to create some alien soundscapes. Upon pushing play I am reminded of early period Devo. The first 2 tunes are quirky, guitar-driven pieces of the Devo ilk sans vox. Track 3 is more Zappa-inspired with constant stops and changes. Track 4 is an excursion in rhythmless sound effects. Track 5 is a bit of warped, pentatonic like madness. Track 6 sounds like an interesting 50s monster movie soundtrack. Track 7 is a short serene ambient, spacey piece. Track 8 sounds like something off King Crimson's Space Groove album sans lead guitar. Track 9 is a strong piece of instrumental ProgMetal with some weirdness thrown in for good measure. Track 10 is a rhythmic piece of electronica in odd time sigs. Track 11 is a menacing Trance groove like Richard Pinhas set to a techno drum beat. Track 12 is a short sequenced piece. Track 13 starts off with a rhythm like mid-period Killing Joke but then slips back into the Devo thing mixed with Steve Vai's Flexable but all the while retaining a feeling of uniqueness. This is perhaps the most mainstream progressive piece thus far in the album. The final track on the album is an ominous, ambient sound effects adventure. Mr. Ansari is all over the map on this album. If you like experimental music that knows no boundaries then this is for you. ~ L. Perez
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