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As soon as the gentle opening sequences of ‘Ocean Bound’ hit their stride, you just know that this is going to be another classic offering from Divine Matrix. Few artists can conjure up atmosphere with such mood and feel as well as Steve Barnes can, and as a result, Hydrosphere is quite simply sensational!

The theme of the album is, unsurprisingly, water, and even though the tracks are all terrific individual musical statements, they also move effortlessly from one to the next and present a coherent ‘whole’ concept album.

The melodic themes are strong, sometimes carried along with gentle foot tapping rhythms, other times they drift along atop great sequences. Tracks like ‘Drifting on the Tide’ and ‘The Diving Bell’ are swept along amidst swirling pads and atmospherics. ‘Bermuda Triangle’ with it’s ‘mayday’ calling for help gives us a real sense of mystery and the unknown, while ‘Deep Blue’ is an awesomely beautiful, drifting piece of sequenced space music.

‘Hydrosphere’ is a superb, melodic electronic space music album with a strong contemporary feel. Oodles of different sounds and ideas permeate the mix from beginning to end and the production is first class. Steve Barnes has created yet another wonderfully evocative journey to the Stars. Destined to become a classic!

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1 review for Hydrosphere

  1. Chuck van Zyl/STAR’S END

    Listening to a CD by The Divine Matrix may entitle one to a credit or two from an institution of higher learning. Hydrosphere (71’31”) and his previous release Atmospheric Variations (2012) each represent Steve Barnes’s reverence for the Earth sciences – and is the perfect vehicle through which he may express this wonder. Hydrosphere forms 11 imaginary spaces which the listener co-habitates with the musician. Merging high-minded EM with the brevity of the pop music form Barnes realizes heat then thoughtful calm as sizzling synth phrases rush by only to be countered with interesting and emotionally inciting tonal contrasts. As much as Barnes loves the natural world he obviously also loves the wholly synthetic sounds produced by his synthesizers and computers. Using an impressive range of well-conceived and crafted synth sounds producing sonorant leads, consonant harmonies and glittering effects the sequencer patterns skip then saunter through lovely story cycles – the repetition of the rhythms bringing security while all the melodic variation makes us feel free. Along with the top-notch electronic sound design he also incorporates the acoustic sounds of guitar, piano, dolphins, surf, ship to shore radio clips and a science documentary lecturer for an ever-deepening sonic experience. From introspective vignettes to heroic anthems Hydrosphere provides an enjoyable, engaging listening experience – luscious, luxurious sea songs for the ocean inside.
    Chuck van Zyl/STAR’S END 3 July 2014

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