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Bonsai Universe / Moonstream
Album:Moonstream Collection:General
Artist:Bonsai Universe Added:06/2018
Label:Windtunnel Records 

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Add Date:2018-08-02 Pull Date:2018-10-04 
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Album Review
Tom McCarter
Reviewed 2018-07-24 
Reviewed: 2018-07-24
Genre: General
FCCs: none
Review: I cannot quite put my finger on what to make of this musical project by journeyman vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Woody Aplanalp...and perhaps that is why his music is so intriguing. It is because it is so intoxicatingly different. There are lush, ethereal keyboard landscapes in abundance, but there are also folksy acoustic guitar passages and avant garde, but hooky pop passages, plus an undertow of psychedelia. Woody has an undeniably catchy voice and a quirky sense for lyric writing, putting an extra dose of intrigue into even the most generic subject matter. If you respect solid songwriting talents that have zero qualms about creating different but captivating, then strap yourself in for this ride.
If You Like: Cat Stevens, Daniel Lanois, Luminous, Kevin Tihista, Beachwood Sparks
Track Review (favorites denoted by *):
1/ Moonstream (5:22) – spacey synth/percussion starts> slow song with layered vocals> psychedelic interlude> slow song> spacey fade
2/ Am I Good Enough (3:49) – guitar starts> midtempo straight ahead song> scat interlude> quick fade
*3/ Walking With My Eyes Closed (4:19) – spacey synth starts> wavering midtempo song with chorus & psychedelic background> slow fade
*4/ Summertime (1:58) – guitar/vocal starts> slow song> scat singing> fade on vocal
*5/ Why Are My Dreams? (3:25) – Moog synth solo midtempo> fade
*6/ Sweet Exaggeration (5:08) – synth starts> midtempo song> scat/instrumental jam> midtempo song> guitar solo> midtempo jam> slow fade
**7/ Should I Believe You? (4:19) – modulating synth sounds start> spacey midtempo song with multi-level layered vocals> chorus kicks in> midtempo song, like the Beach Boys on acid> quick fade
8/ A Lot Of nerve (4:20) – guitar starts> slow song with sliding synth sounds> slinky guitar solo> quick fade
9/ Once Upon A Dream (4:28) – sonic synth starts> slow sonic song with chorus> quick fade
*10/ Too Real (5:30) – guitar starts> slow song> quick fade
11/ Everything (2:08) heavy bass synth starts> slow noisy synth solo, like the soundtrack of an alien monster movie> fade
*13/ Starstream (5:42) – weird percussion instrument creates scratchy sound with organ to start> psychedelic slow song> spacey interlude> slow song with multilayered vocals> spacey interlude> slow song> quick stop


Track Listing
1.Moonstream 7.Should I Believe You?
2.Am I Good Enough 8.A Lot Of Nerve
3.Walking With My Eyes Closed 9.Once Upon A Dream
4.Summertime 10.Too Real
5.Why Are My Dreams? 11.Everything
6.Sweet Exaggeration 12.Astrotonic
 13.Starstream