Sandstoned is the latest release from space rock/electronica act Chuch of Hed, which is the current project of Quarkspace mastermind Paul Williams. With his former band basically on indefinite hiatus, Church of Hed has been Williams' main form of musical expression these last bunch of years, and here he's helped by bassist/guitarist Stan Lyon on this collection of ten chilling & fascinating compositions.
Williams has always been quite adept at laying down some impressive synth soundscapes, and he's once again in fine form on Sandstoned, as eerie, Tangerine Dream styled arrangements littered with fluttering blips, beeps, colorful synth tones, and lush keyboard orchestrations make up the bulk of the musical landscape. Also contributing drums & drum programming, Williams adds a touch of bombast and almost 'dub-step' percussive elements to a few of the tracks, quite effective on the wild "1AM at the Dean Road Bridge" as well as "Wallace Lane". With his assortment of Moog, Korg, Yamaha, Kawai, Roland, and Waldorf synthesizers, Williams turns tracks like "3AM at Hole in the Wall", ""Dark Matter Sandstone", and the haunting title track into interstellar explorations, easy ear candy for your senses.
Inspired by the nighttime ambience by Williams' home in Ohio along Lake Erie, Sandstone is an intriguing listen, a plethora of extraordinary sounds colliding together for a fun collection of electronic music.
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2) Synth Cadence
3) 1AM at the Dean Road Bridge
5) 2AM at the Crownhill Cemetary
6) Dark Matter Sandstone
7) Wallace Lane
8) 3AM at Hole in the Wall
9) The Prodigal Swansong
10) Sandstoned No. 2
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