Ron Boots – See Beyond Times And Look Beyond Words

3 03 2009

groove85Ron Boots – See Beyond Times And Look Beyond Words
MP3 @ 192 Kbps | 1:10:30 min | 2008 | 107 MB | 10% Recovery Record

Ron Boots has a lot of albums to his credit dating back around 20 years, so he’s a well known figure in the EM genre. His latest offering See Beyond Times Look Beyond Words is inspired by his love for books of all kinds. This is really a collaborative album, with guest musicians such as Paul Ellis, Gert Emmens, and Frank Van Bogaert to name the most familiar.

A great start to the album is made in “Hour of the Wolf”. A repeating pattern creates a feeling of suspense while angelic chorales, glittering and gaseous synths, and pads swirl and wash around. Then it’s on with a melodic sequence line and lots of symphonic melodies and ray gun effects shooting across the soundscape. Most of the album has the same vitality so that it’s a bit like listening to symphonic Vangelis on speed. Adding an extra dimension and a raw edge is Henri Peeter’s guitar on “A Walk in the Rain” which plays blisteringly over rhythms and drum programming that struggle to keep up. If anything gets you reaching to ramp the volume up this track will be it.
Providing a short interlude from all the excitement is “Harbours”. Soothing waves lap against a shore alongside pensive drones, then a looped alarm kind of sound and disguised animalistic effects break in.

Only having heard a couple of Ron’s other albums I can’t say how this fits in with his existing work. I can say that See Beyond Times Look Beyond Words is an exciting work that is one of the best of its kind to come out of the Groove label recently. It’s a great mix of fast paced EM with a symphonic subtext and even verges on dance and jazz in places.

01-Hour Of The Wolf
02-A Walk In The Rain
04-Storms Over IO
07-We Are Off

Part 1 | Part 2

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