Heju - Elvesztett Utak (Lost Ways)

Year of Release: 2002
Label: Periferic Records / Stereo KFT
Catalog Number: BGCD 111
Format: CD
Total Time: 58:52:00

The music you'll hear on this album is a treated version of material that was written a while ago. Indeed in April 1999 the nucleus of this material was made for an occasional performance but more in a pure electronic dimension. In order to make it more acceptable for a bigger audience, several symphonic elements were later added and this is the version which has now been released through Periferic Records in Hungary. Although some guitar and percussion have now been added, the main ingredient nevertheless still remains very much in the domain of electronic music. Luckily it's not so long-winded like most electronic ventures which often are used for meditation purposes. Let's say Heju is more Jean-Michel Jarre than it is Vangelis if you get my drift. Contrary to a lot of congeners Heju does include some nice melodies, but it falls in the same trap like so many predecessors, being that a strong theme is repeated way too much. Also the use of certain rhythm composers leaves behind a dated feel. It's OK to still like Jarre's ?Oxygène? but if you deliver something new it has to be NEW! In that respect Lost Ways often sounds like an early mix of Jarre's very own ?Oxygène,? and even if the end result is a nice album, we are constantly looking for new and interesting material and not for musical clones! A song like "Daydream" is also way too bland to be featured on an album like this, sounding more like an exercise rather than a finished song, being in the same league like good old ?Bilitis." From a technical point of view Hell Tibor has recorded his ideas in a very professional way, but as a musical testimony I'm afraid it is not original enough to stand the test of time.

Introduction (3:14) / The Darkest Night (5:50) / Eden (5:15) / Infinite Space (7:14) / Being With You (6:05) / Definite Winners We Are (4:44) / Legendary East (5:14) / Daydream (3:51) / Lost Ways (3:56) / Lightyear-Away Wishes (4:58) / Stars Are Waiting (3:15) / Stew Path (5:11)

Hell Tibor - sound engineer
Nagy Zoltan - guitar
Popovics Laszlo ? percussion

Elvesztett Utak (Lost Ways) (2002)

Genre: Electronic

Origin HU

Added: September 22nd 2003
Reviewer: John "Bobo" Bollenberg

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