LOST LINKS – review by Richard Gürtler

Lost Links - Max Corbacho - Ambient Music

Spanish Maestro of deep tranquil soundscapes returns with a very nice collection of, as mentioned on the booklet, deleted, unreleased and forgotten tracks on ambitious US label Relaxed Machinery. Really nice effort, because Max Corbacho belongs undoubtedly to the most respected and potential European ambient composers and certainly it would be a pity not to reveal some of these rare tracks even if they maybe weren’t good enough to make the final roster of gems like «Ars Lucis», «BreathStream» or «The Talisman» for example.
The collection opens with «Earthflow Trance», a truly serene celestial journey with slowly evolving and rotating texture precisely displaying spectacular cover artwork (created by Max). Beautifully floating «Sky Resonance» with strong yearning effect reaches even «The Lost Pieces» territory of The Master who might influenced successful career of this Barcelona based artist. Highlighting «Third Exposure» with its deeply organic ambience is a really delightful late night wandering, but this gracious journey flows also through the next two compositions, «One True Light» and «Mandala», I think both these ecstatic pieces might fit easily to «BreathStream» album, wonderful voyages!!! Graceful slow-motion drifs on «After Dream» are recalling phenomenal «Ars Lucis» album while the closing ethereal «Slow Thunder» is sligtly less massive and more breathing. A very nice mesmerizing conclusion of these «Lost Links»!
Even if recorded in longer period of time, all tracks work perfectly together as a whole and I am very glad Max has saved all of them for this collection. And my big thanks go also to Relaxed Machinery for bringing these archived recordings into the light, I hope this compilation won’t be the last of its kind. Last but not least, stay tuned for new collaborative work with Bruno Sanfilippo entitled «Bioma», that is scheduled for release later this year on their own ad21music input.

Richard Gürtler (Bratislava, Slovakia)

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