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Youth - Chem Set
MP3 EP 2015 | Silber 180
5 tracks, 5 minutes
Moog synthesizers, primitive dance music, & Carl Sagan inspire this sonic tale of the life of electrons from Sagan Youth.
: Press Release
: Digital Booklet
Chem Set I (Compression Bulb)
Chem Set II (Deionizer)
Chem Set III (Dri-Electric Power Pack)
Chem Set IV (Glass Viewing Chamber)
Chem Set V (Tubings)
The second release of the latest Silber batch entitled ‘chem-set’ finds Sagan Youth morphing and mutating an array of analogue synth banks to cook up a five suite set that initially obsesses with galactic platitudes to find itself deeply immersed in the mysteries, wonder and hope of space’s silver age (‘compression bulb’) before signing out with ‘tubings’ seemingly traversing into the very heart of the cosmic canvas’ of Zombi’s Steve Moore. Between these tonal transitions there are refuelling stops at Moroder (‘glass viewing chamber’) and the primitive proto technoid hypno groove of both ‘dri electric pack’ and ‘deionizer’ both of which are essentially cut from the same cloth but each offer a differing vibe perspective with the latter assumed as a heavily set dub draped pulsar while the lighter sibling arrives playfully tweaked in a more becoming club clipped toe tapping tampering that just might have your kitchen appliances getting a tad frisky.
~ Mark Barton, The Sunday Experience
US project SAGAN YOUTH is a fairly new and lesser known venture with one full album and some additional releases to their name. One of these is the 5 track, 5 minute long EP “Chem Set”, which was released by US label Silber Records in 2015 as a part of their ongoing 5×5 experimental series of EPs.
Creating well developed and engaging compositions whose average length is a mere minute isn’t the easiest of tasks, but some pleasantly engaging material may still be developed in such a time frame. In the case of Sagan Youth, I’d say that the opening track here is just that, a dark toned drone and voice effect creation that has a nice intriguing sound, a firm opening and a conclusion as well. An interesting opening to this EP indeed.
The following four cuts shies away from this opening landscape however, and rather presents us with four variations of machine-like rhythms and fluctuating synth textures. Easygoing, perhaps even danceable, but lacking the cohesion and the more developed feel of the opening cut. As far as style goes for this quartet of electronic landscapes I guess Kraftwerk light is an appropriate description.
While perhaps not the most interesting in the 5×5 set of EPs Silber Records have released over the years, those with a fondness for musical landscapes akin to but on the lighter side of Kraftwerk may want to track down this one though.
~ Olav Martin Bjørnsen, House of Prog