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Van & Borner: Miracles

Miracles is the debut CD by Poland's Van & Borner (though far from the first for synthesist Barbara Zielinski-Van), one which has the potential to be a moderate hit with the electronic new-age crowd, yet more likely to sink below the radar of nearly every other listener out there without the aid of guerilla radio. V&B will perform at BajaProg 2005, though, so a good number of North Americans and other attendees will get the first person PoV. It's pleasant enough: one part Tangerine Dream, one part Enigma, and some Vangelis and even pre-1990 Patrick O'Hearn sprinkled in. Sequential complements waltz to the vibe of malaysian pale the compositions are subdued, the keys are minor, the synth sounds are adequately lush practically to the point of overkill. Guest guitarists and the lyricless intonations of Jola Literska on several tracks add a little more bite to the proceedings; "Mystic" benefits the most from some velvety legato solos. That tune and "Golden Spirits" best exemplify the TD/Vangelis influence with Hyperborea-n sequencing and Sauvage melodies. Miracles is easily recommended to the retro-electronic crowd and those who miss the good ol' days of Private Music.


1. Shadow Dancing 6'36"
2. Walking In Clouds 3'44"
3. Golden Spirits 7'28"
4. Masai Boy 4'06"
5. Evening On The Island 4'46"
6. Miracles 3'20"
7. Mystic 5'26"
8. Lullaby For Goodnight 4'28"
9. Walking In Clouds (Radio Version) 3'44"

Total time 44:01

Added: September 29th 2004
Reviewer: Elias Granillo
Related Link: Official Van & Borner Site
Hits: 2054
Language: english

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