Tim Gerwing, as was more than evidenced in 2009's Chikatetsu (here), is one of those composer-players who takes extensive pains to wring rather extraordinarily vivid imagery from deceptively uncomplicated compositions. An ambientalist at heart, but a gent who has tipped an ear to the most refined exemplars in progrock's diverse halls, he manages to cross Vangelis' most delicate work with, in a surprisingly rather extensive use here, Frippian buzzlines, with structures oft in line with Kraftwerk, John Orsi (whom, I am sorry to note, passed over at the close of 2013), early Carl Weingarten, Anomalous Disturbances (with whom he collaborates), perhaps Chuck van Zyl, and then Jon Hassell, Richard Pinhas, and various others prized for their cerebral engagements.
In whole, Scorpius Rising is very much in a line with progressive soundtrack works and cinematically designed concept albums such as Vangelis' Blade Runner soundtrack and then Soil Festivities, Andy Pickford's Replicant (remastered just last year), Gascoigne & Homrich's Emerald Forest soundtrack, and Erling Wold's The Bed You Sleep In for Jon Jost's film of the same name. Whether one is as progressive as another among all that is irrelevant, each one is sublime and travels to lands beyond dream, manifesting in the world of now melding into the future.
Several sit-ins appear (Basim Saleem Ghlayem, Yui Minghua Nocgorov, Levon Pogossian, etc.) but the by-far lion's share of all the work here is Gerwing's, as the guy handles not only keyboards and guitars, but bass, percussion, voice, and electronics as well. This is his fifth release and testament to a refinement of maturity that announces itself subtly. In fact, you might not even notice that as you drift away on Ibiza clouds or stand athwart a Tron metropolitan overbridge watching two red suns blaze, gutter, and descend into purpling horizons as swaths of galacto-cars whiz by on ribbony magna-paths below…but then again, one can hardly avoid all the meditiational, dazzling, and hypnotic vistas regardless. Plenty of time to do it in, too: 70 minutes.
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