Quantum Gates is at the core of cosmic euphoria. The twelve-track release is an experience unlike any other; filled with stunning instrumentals and hauntingly complex composition, it feels deeply intelligent and emotional.
Stefan Elefteriu has created a gateway to another world that oozes electronica and is the epitome of musical escapism. With heavy rock influences creeping in and substantial synth sections, Quantum Gates is truly a journey.
“Twelve portals open to twelve different worlds awaiting discovery through imagination, fantasy and feelings… Go beyond the Quantum Gates and, with each re-listening, you will perceive new territories of musical expression. Let the evolution and permanent dialogue of the melodic lines – based on symphonic counterpoint – take you through a new multidimensional sound universe.” STEFAN ELEFTERIU
Overall the album is purely instrumental, with the only track featuring vocals being ‘Hold On‘ which includes the eerie voices of ‘Aryna’, who’s talent is highlighted on Elefteriu’s 2013 release ‘Outer Space (Beyond Time)‘.
The lack of vocals throughout the album as a whole creates surreal energy, a feeling of isolation but not necessarily loneliness. The addition of lyrics in ‘Hold On‘ does not feel disjointed; rather than breaking the illusion it enhances it, making the listener aware that without ‘Aryna’s’ feature they are alone to decipher the otherworldly collection of songs in Quantum Gates.
A real highlight of the album is ‘Play Of Shadows‘ which sounds like it’s come straight out of a video game soundtrack. It takes on an industrial sound; it’s less ethereal, more gritty.
While maybe not as ‘pretty’ as some of the other tracks featured, ‘Play of Shadows‘ is a real show of ability, as Elefteriu can create a piece that is recognisable in style but not unoriginal in substance.
Each entry in Quantum Gates is a genuine expression of Elefteriu as a creator, and that is easy to tell, with the whole experience having a level of authenticity that elevates the album further than simple, synth-heavy instrumentals.
To call it an experience is an understatement, the same could be said for likening it to many other musical encounters that are out there. Simply put, this album is something new, bold and elegant but hopefully not under-appreciated.
Ultimately, the album exaggerates the “multidimensional sound universe” in an appropriate way, whilst avoiding any pretentiousness.
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Words by Ellen Oakley
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