Soil Festivities, Vangelis pushed the boat right out to make his most experimental album in nearly a decade - and even ended up having it released on the esteemed Deutsche Grammophon label. Three lengthy tracks of dark ambience make this an essential headphones-in-a-dark-room experience.
The title track is up first, and is the most free-form, with seemingly random bleeps, echoes and occasional faraway percussive sounds dominating the first half of its 19 minutes. Atom Blaster is next, with what sounds like plucked piano strings subjected to tape manipulation, and the final track Thermo Vision is probably the highlight for me. High electronic tones contrast with the eerie background to make for perhaps the most recognisably Vangelis-y track. Recommended for late-night investigation.
mega / zippy