Minds Over Matter (2003)
The second Nearstars release, Minds Over Matter is a step beyond
Alpha, providing richer textures, more mature melody and structure than
the first Nearstars release. Minds Over Matter is a journey into the
nature of the reality around us, and how we relate to it.
The album was developed using Version 2 of the
Reason Virtual Studio, and uses the more advanced digital synthesizers,
samplers and vocoders that feature, in order to provide a solid listening
experience. Whilst there are two rhythmic tracks on here, Minds Over Matter
has a spacier, looser, more cosmic feel than Alpha.
The title track Minds Over Matter
that introduces the album, is a three-piece medley beginning with
mellotron-rich opening chords before moving into a fast-paced sequencer section and
finally settling into the free-form piano and accompanying textures of the main
melody. Natural Motion is a short and simple but catchy swinging melodic piece,
whilst Time's Arrow is a blend of classical strings, Berlin-school sequences
and vocoder samples that defies a genre. n-Dimensional, an epic half-hour
soundscape with only the most fleeting rhythms opens with a challenging
two-voice fanfare before expanding us into the cosmos, exploring countless
textures and sequences which finally settle into in a rich free-form synth
finale. After that long journey, we are brought back back
home with the joyous Quintessence, a short and sweet rhythmic celebration that rounds out the suite.
Playlist and Downloadable Samples
Minds Over Matter (16:21)