Monday, January 29, 2007

Pantha du Prince - This Bliss

Pantha Du Prince's "This Bliss" is out today on Dial records, and I'm very happy, because it's an excellent album. If you like melodic techno and progressive house, this album is for you.

The album opens gently with Asha, which has soothing melodies, a percussive cowbell, and a low, bassy melody. Next is Saturn Strobe, which is the best track on the album. It has a beautiful string melody, with great beat programming, French horns and some serious cowbell action. I love it. It's a big, weepy track without a hint of cheese.

Knowing that variety is good, Pantha du Prince steps back from the heavy melodies and switches to some more beat-driven tracks. Walden 2 is ten minutes of beats and a metallic melody. Moonstruck follows with more electro-styled buzzing melodies.
Eisbaden brings melody back to the forefront, with one that bounces up and down and all around, somewhat like the following track, Urlichten.
Then, everything's set aside for White Out, a mean techno track in anybody's book. Florac comes next, and is also one of the faster tracks on the album, but not quite so mean.
Two tracks wrap things up. First is Steiner Im Flug, a simple, melodic track. To end it all is Seeds of Sleep, which, as its name suggests, is a spacy, dreamy track and a perfect ending to an excellent album.