Rose & LaJoie – On the Crystal Seas

Brad E. Rose and Matt LaJoie have combined their strengths together on the stellar On The Crystal Seas, and the results are simply out of this world.

Matt LaJoie, one of today’s most prolific and creative talents in the world of psychedelic folk, ambient and solo guitar music, and Brad E. Rose, a legend in his own right for his work on the great Foxy Digitalis site, plus The Jewel Garden, The North Sea and Charlatan, appear to be perfectly suited for a musical collaboration.

On this album, Rose mans the controls of various synthesizers, often creating dense walls of sound that wriggle and writhe with life, especially in the later half of the opening piece, “A Horizon Purified.” Meanwhile, LaJoie serves up waves of ethereal guitar that compliment Rose’s synths. On the A-side, he builds upon the sprawling soundscape that makes up the track with some ringing Florian Fricke-like cosmic noodling. Then on the more peaceful B-side, “Remnants From the Sunrise,” LaJoie’s instrument emits long sustaining notes that seem to drift off forever. These icy pillars of guitar provide an astral backdrop for Rose’s synths to shimmer and twinkle over, like the reverberating sound of condensation dripping from stalactites deep within a cave.

With two side-long interstellar suites, this tape will leave you feeling like you’re floating away on a cloud made out of pure contentment. Click here to get your digital copy of this album today.


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Published by Record Crates United

Keith Hadad, the creator and manager of RCU, has been a contributing writer to Elmore Magazine and and maintains a regular column, “Keith Hadad’s Choice,” in Blicker magazine. His writing has also appeared in the Smithsonian Folkways' Guest Blog and the Optical Sounds Fanzine. Also, please check out the blog's super-active Instagram account, @recordcratesunited for daily blurb-styled music reviews.

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