Radio Dystopia - "Beyond The Radar" (Demo 2004)

Uploaded to Aural Innovations: July 2004

Radio Dystopia is a one man project of Kevin Bottorff. He plays guitar, bass, keyboards, and drum programming. The equipment he used on these recordings includes Yamaha electric guitar, Roland GR-1, Digitech RP-1, Digitech Space Station, Boss DR-770, Yamaha DD-6 and DD-9, Roland TR-505, Korg D8 digital 8 track recording console, Roland electric piano, Alesis AirSynth, cheap Casio keyboard and cheap electric bass. The CD begins with the slow and spaced out March Of The Drones. I like the way the percussion track builds up and strange lines are layered in. Into The Cosmos, one of the best tracks on here and played on Aural Innovations radio, is a really nice free floating space journey. Against Time is a fairly fast drone with strange Casio like synth lines played over the top as well as other synths. It gets you going. A New Wonder is sort of a new age sounding number. Manick ends the CD and follows the formula of many of the other tracks with some programmed percussion and layers of synths played over the top. Not bad but not that great stuff either. Some more guitar would have been nice to mix it up a bit.. Looks like this will be released on Statue Records later this year.

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Reviewed by Scott Heller

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