Anatoly Pereslegin - "Passion Models"
(Electroshock Records 2004, ELCD 042)
Uploaded to Aural Innovations: June 2004
Anatoly Pereslegin's first CD, Download the God (see AI #16), drew on inspiration from the Old Testament and his second CD, Fastgod: e-psalms (see AI #21), was based on David's psalms. His latest release, Passion Models, continues the religious themes with track titles like Matthew, Mark, Luke, John and Thomas.
Subtitled "Synth fantasies for the symphonic orchestra", the music does indeed create a fantasy world created by the electronic orchestra, like a Fantasia for the avant-garde. Pereslegin comes roaring out of the starting gate with "Matthew", a highly intense blend of symphonics, electronics and orchestration. This is a grand work, both compositionally and in its execution. It's a treasure trove of sound and an emotional roller coaster ride. If you're looking for peace and serenity then beware... Passion Models is for thrill seekers looking for something to stir their souls. Pereslegin also excels at blurring the lines between electronic and acoustic elements. What sounds like a full string section can quickly morph into a soaring keyboard line. And while the music is symphonic in nature and highly accessible, the avant-garde elements that set Pereslegin outside the conventional box are in evidence throughout. In earlier reviews I've described Pereslegin as a cross between Keith Emerson and Vangelis and made references to Tangerine Dream and Ash Ra Tempel. On Passion Models he's in full grand conductor of the symphony mode, stabbing and thrashing the air with his baton. Fans of orchestrated electronic music will feel what I mean.
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Reviewed by Jerry Kranitz