Jacco Gard­ner

★★★ Som­nium FULL TIME HOBBY. CD/DL/LP

Mojo (UK) - - Filter Albums - Kieron Tyler

The Nether­lands’ prime psych-head takes a left turn into mu­si­cal im­pres­sion­ism. Jacco Gard­ner’s first two al­bums show­cased an adroit skill with craft­ing a baro­que­in­fused psy­che­delic pop. The in­ven­tive Dutch­man’s third is some­thing else. All in­stru­men­tal and es­chew­ing a stan­dard song-by-song struc­ture, it is a suite tak­ing its ti­tle from the ground-break­ing 1608 Jo­hannes Ke­pler fan­tasy telling the tale of an imag­i­nary jour­ney to the moon. It was the first sci­ence fic­tion novel. The al­bum’s sleeve car­ries a quote from poly­math philoso­pher Friedrich Ni­et­zsche on truth not be­ing an ab­so­lute. It seems Gard­ner’s mind has be­come even more ex­panded than it was pre­vi­ously. Over­all, the re­sul­tant opus seam­lessly fuses the ethos of Bo Hans­son’s first two solo al­bums, Atem-era Tan­ger­ine Dream and third al­bum Kraftwerk: the North Euro­pean sound of c1973. Through­out, a twinkly oth­er­world­li­ness is coun­ter­bal­anced by rhyth­mic ex­cur­sions evok­ing the pas­sage be­tween one lim­i­nal world and an­other. The only ap­pro­pri­ate ad­jec­tive for Som­nium is ‘far-out’.

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