The ReWind series exists as merely an aid in the discovery (or rather, rediscovery) of the unintentionally forgotten, or the often overlooked tracks of yesteryear.
Quite a few people will be quick to point out tracks from Astral Projection, Man With No Name or Transwave (to name but three) whenever you ask them about Goa trance. Though the genre does not really have massive mainstream appeal, it’s not dead by any stretch of the imagination. Just have a look at this week’s ReWind feature. 🙂
Created in 2002 by Brazilian producer Bruno Filizola, the name Astrancer came about from the merger of ‘astral’ and ‘transcendence’ which, according to the man himself, is entirely appropriate given his goal. Because it was started right when this particular style of trance was beginning to fade into obscurity, Bruno’s self appointed mission was to help it shine once again. Proof of his commitment came 4 years later, when Dzog Chen was released as part of Metapsychic Records‘ Pyramidal Trancendence compilation.
A steady stream of productions found their way out of his studio in the following years, but there is one in particular I’d like to focus your attention on.
Though it was completed in 2009, Hercolubus actually saw the light of day in late 2013, as track number 8 from Goalogique Records‘ Cosmic Guide compilation. If you search for it on YouTube, chances are you’ll stumble upon the version from 2009, but as far I was told, the 2013 variant is the official one.
Complete with accelerated rhythms and signature organic soundscapes, this 10 minute slice of Goa gives a respectful nod to the pioneers of the style, while forging its own unique musical path. With productions like these, I think the future of the style is in more than capable hands.
Until next time enjoy the beautifully organic sounds of Hercolubus by Astrancer:
Country: Belgium / Style: Goa Trance / Year: 2013 / Label: Goalogique Records
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