CD New Age of Earth [Manuel Gttsching/Ashra] [077778708025] (CD 1321021),
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New Age of Earth [Manuel Gttsching/Ashra] [077778708025]

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    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 7870802

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    One of the great proto-ambient albums. After signing to Virgin, Manuel Gottsching decided to shorten the Ash Ra Tempel appellation to simply Ashra, but this alteration didn't in any way compromise his musical vision.
    NEW AGE OF EARTH is a sonic paradise of interlocking, shifting synthesizer webs and processed guitars, wrought with a growing intensity that sucks the listener into its cushioned womb. The long title track encapsulates the record. Curtains of sound undulate like the motion of windswept oceans, suggesting vivid, organic, rainbow colors. Gottsching is one of the true designers of what might have properly been called trance music, had that category not been usurped by the techno genre. The sounds of NEW AGE OF EARTH transfix the listener. Audio art in all its glory, a sonic painting that reveals deeper imagery with each listen, Gottsching's music is simply sublime.

  • Critic Reviews
    Mojo (Publisher) (p.152) - "If Grateful Dead were teenagers in '70s West Germany, this is how DARK STAR would have sounded."
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