It’s been five years since the trance legend last released a studio album. However it’s safe to say we saw it coming after the 60+ Pure Trance events and 5 Pure Trance mix-comps that stemmed from it. Consciously or otherwise, the fuse for that latter matter was lit back in 2012 with Richard Mowatt’s last longplayer, ‘Pure’. Its production principle was clearly to bring out the best of the trance music genre. Richard is finally ready to open up a new front in his all-consuming pursuit of purity, bringing it all back to one and aptly titled ‘.—-‘.
‘.—-’, you say? It’s morse code for One. Richard’s subtly minimalist encouragement to fans to scratch beneath the surface of what they’re seeing & hearing. Try decoding it here: http://morsecode.scphillips.com/translator.html
Too much time and too many deeds have passed to make ‘.—-’ a natural successor to ‘Pure’. It is its natural progression though – a new module to ‘Pure Trance’s short, yet richly storied history. A capsule release containing a tonal sub-set of creations, it’s eclectic where it needs to be, audibly esoteric throughout, whilst still being Solarstone to its pop-art core.
Amongst its number are the current single ‘A State Of Mind’. Top and toe of its tracklist, you’ll find instrumental elegance including ‘Cafuné and ‘Eclipse’, whilst between comes vocal eminence like ‘Untitled Love’, ‘Choosing His Angels’ and ‘I Found You’. Inspired team-ups with Solarstone debutante collaborators like Meredith Call and Rabbii sit next to names more familiar. What album from Solarstone after all would be complete without a ‘Slowmotion’ co-op with Orkidea?!
There isn’t a solid full album preview that is publicly available at the point of writing, s0 the Amazon preview link for One will do for now.
The “.—” album screams Richard’s style with a strong focus on electronica and that 80s Brit disco feel, something that trance fans might not come to expect. I can only assume a separate release on the remixes for all the tracks will be fore coming.
You can choose to approach this new assembly in one of a number of ways. Solarstone’s new phase, an album cryptic wrapped in a riddle, (which has been Morse coded into an enigma), or simply eight sonic tales of the exceptional, by the most imaginative proponent of the genre.
One thing of which you should be in of no two minds about however is all you see here today is not quite what it seems. The beginning, certainly… But far from the end.
01. Leap Of Faith (7:02)
02. Eclipse (6:03)
03. Untitled Love (with Rabbii) (5:21)
04. Choosing His Angels (with Alex Karweit) (4:41)
05. Slowmotion IV (with Orkidea) (6:44)
06. I Found You (with Meredith Call) (5:11)
07. A State Of Mind (7:30)
08. Cafuné (8:00)