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Tausig, Jay: Gemini: The Chaos and The Calm

Jay Tausig's 5th release, from the "Trip Around the Sun" package is: "Gemini: The Chaos and The Calm". It features a massive, yes, 43 minute epic piece of space rock, "Two Sides to Every Coin", that will make any fan of space rock run to their computer to buy this latest album release.

"Gemini: The Chaos and The Calm" features special guests: Thom Worldpoet, on vocal, poetry, and narration; lyrics by Keith Waye; vocals and lyrics by Kimberly Ross; Cyndee Lee Rule, on viper electric violin; Michael Palschakov, on mini Moog Model D; utilizing compositions and piano from Olga Potekhina; poems by Grace Fae; vocals by Summer Freyja Yarrow; vocals by Rhi Jenerate and Karuna; and more of Ed Unitsky's masterpiece cover artwork that visually captures the power of this magnificent music.

This album takes Tausig's music back to the space rock origins of the earlier CDs from the 12 disc set. "Two Sides to Every Coin (Part I)", opens the disc without a warning shot or narrated introduction this time. As the cool synthesizer opens this track slowly, it disguises the guitar and drums that will soon follow right behind, waiting to let loose their torrent of wild rhythm. When they do, your ears are in for a treat. This is an 11:54 minute "Pink Floydian" escape vehicle that will prepare you for the massive epic coming next. Tausig's vocals bear a distinct resemblance to Roger Waters, as he delivers Keith Waye's lyrics, and that only adds to the song's effect. The llyrics were written by Keith Waye and Kimberly Bass. Bass also provides vocals.

"Gem in Eyes" is a monumental 43:12 minute epic that should make every space rock fan run out and want to buy this album. If "Two Sides… (Part I)" was Gemini, then "Gem…" is Apollo! You get to go to the Moon and touch down with this track. It is enormous and the one of the best tracks in the entire collection of songs on this "Trip Around the Sun". Tausig left nothing out of this epic and it will reverb through your mind as you sit motionless with the headphones cranked, waiting for the next turn in the journey. The opening is like a starburst sun rise on another planet with Rhi Jenerate and Karuna providing vocals throughout the piece adding to the dynamic effect. Their singing is surrounded by mind-blowing synths, keys, and guitars weaving their magic throughout the soundscape. It literally feels like you are on another planet as you listen to this album. The electric violin from Cyndee Lee Rule brings back memories of Eddie Jobson's work.

"Mirabel" brings some great soft keyboards to the mix to replace the heavy synths and power from the first two tracks. The change is wonderful and gives the album a completely different feel. Summer Freyja Yarrow provides narration for Remy Lindsey's interesting story.

"Duality", on the other hand is an over eight minute track, with music delivered by multi-instrumentalist Tausig, set to a poem written and narrated by Grace Fae.

"Chaos and Calm" blends the talents of two artists, Olga Potekhina, on piano and Tausig playing all other instruments. The track was written and composed by Olga Potekhina.

"Two Sides to Every Coin (Part II)", is mostly an over 5 and a half minute instrumental track, full of Lee Rule's viper electric violin, siren vocals by Kimberly Bass, Tausig, singing backing vocals, Mini Moog Model D experiments by Michael Palschakov, to a poem written by Thom Worldpoet. Nice and spacey.

This is a wonderful return to the spacey orchestration and other-worldly music Tausig had performed and created on the first discs of the series. You just keep wondering how they can get any better, with seven more to go…but Tausig keeps surprising you. I'm sure he has even more surprises in store for the rest of the set.

Track Listing:

1. Two Sides to Every Coin (Part I)
2. Gem in Eyes
3. Mirabel
4. Duality
5. Chaos and Calm
6. Two Sides to Every Coin (Part II) Band or Label Website Link: http://www.thetriparoundthesun.com/

Added: August 12th 2012
Reviewer: Mark Johnson
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Related Link: TheTripAroundTheSun.com
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Language: english

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