Vibrasphere
Exploring the Tributaries


4.5
superb

Review

by ExplosiveOranges USER (28 Reviews)
June 26th, 2014 | 25 replies


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: What is trance?

Electronic music has always been difficult to accurately describe and define, in part due to the sheer amount of endless subgenres that are outweighed only by the infinite realm of heavy metal. Amongst the ocean of subgenres littered about inside of the electronic music scene, trance music has risen to become one of the most popular styles in the genre. But this raises the question: What is trance? Is it meant to be a style that popular DJs would play in huge nightclubs to numerous drunken partygoers? Or is it a more thought-provoking genre? Is it meant to live up to its namesake of putting the listener into a “trance”? Then, along came the now-defunct Swedish duo, Vibrasphere, to push trance music to the limit by combining it with traditional psychedelic elements. And in their magnum opus,Exploring the Tributaries, Vibrasphere was able to truly showcase what trance should be.

The first thing that becomes apparent simply by looking at the track lengths is that this is not your run-of-the-mill EDM album. In fact, it would probably be a lie to even classify this as EDM, because although one could dance to it if so desired, the overall tone of the album doesn’t quite reflect that feeling. The songs are substantially long, ranging from five and a half minutes to well over eight minutes, and the compositions throw in both Vibrasphere’s well-known psychedelic touch alongside some prog elements to create an incredibly immersive experience. Songs such as “Heading North” and “Erosion” display a more mellow, calm, and almost atmospheric side of the group, while “Isolation” and “Vertical” show off more upbeat rhythms and melodies.

One of the key components of the music that works in the album’s favor is the production value. None of the instruments ever seem to overtake one another or get too jumbled up in the mix, allowing for each and every part of the songs to shine through. Whether it be the more ambient, atmospheric elements or the chunky bass riffs and synthesizers, Vibrasphere never fail to keep the music interesting and thought-provoking. The psych and prog elements blend in seamlessly with the electronic elements, allowing for a true “trance” sound that embraces the stranger side of music without ever coming off as ridiculously dark or threatening like most underground electronic artists from more recent years.

I can say with confidence that this is, without a doubt, a fantastic release from a well-established trance outfit, and a must-buy for anyone getting into trance, or even electronic music in general. This truly is one of those albums that’s meant to be listened to in a comfortable, relaxed environment, where the music can slowly lull your mind into a new state of serenity.



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ExplosiveOranges
June 26th 2014


2685 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Full album here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YtaphANginw

First electronic review, so go easy on me. Feedback and criticism appreciated.

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Keyblade
June 26th 2014


14850 Comments


Great review man, this album definitely needed it

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CaptainDooRight
June 26th 2014


29137 Comments


sweet I have Archipelago at a 4 but haven't heard this yet. pos'd

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ExplosiveOranges
June 26th 2014


2685 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks, fellas. I was surprised that the highest rated trance album on Sputnik didn't have any reviews, so I figured that I oughta do it some justice.

BMDrummer
June 26th 2014


7323 Comments


Nice review, will probably go after this sometime

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thelastsignal
June 26th 2014


1370 Comments


Awesome review, man. Very informative and easy to read, even from the perspective of a person that doesn't have any experience listening to the genre.

thelastsignal
June 26th 2014


1370 Comments


POS

ExplosiveOranges
June 26th 2014


2685 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thank you, thank you very much. I'm planning to review more electronic and hip hop oriented stuff in the coming weeks.

thelastsignal
June 26th 2014


1370 Comments


Love me some hip-hop. Have any albums picked out?

ExplosiveOranges
June 26th 2014


2685 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Maybe Blu's new LP.

thelastsignal
June 26th 2014


1370 Comments


Haven't heard it yet, did you dig it?

ExplosiveOranges
June 26th 2014


2685 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Quite a bit, actually. You got any review ideas, sig?

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
June 26th 2014


18483 Comments


this is sweet. i saw it was trance and was skeptical because i usually dont dig trance, but this is not anything like i thought it would sound, which is a good thing.

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eldritchnovelty
June 27th 2014


23 Comments


"I was surprised that the highest rated trance album on Sputnik didn't have any reviews"

whaaat at first i was like wtf but then i realizd this album has a higher average rating than BT's Ima..... crazy

also seeing LTJ Bukem in the recommended section fills my heart with joy, that guy's so fucking underrated... in fact the whole Good Looking Records roster at that time is really underrated

also pos'd

ScuroFantasma
June 27th 2014


1834 Comments


fantastic review Explo, flows really well man. Also pos'd.

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Mad.
June 27th 2014


3835 Comments


Awesome review, the words "psych" and "prog" plus "for anyone getting into trance, or even electronic music in general" have absolutely sold me on this, will listen ASAP.

Keyblade
June 27th 2014


14850 Comments


It helps that this only has like 20 votes

ExplosiveOranges
June 27th 2014


2685 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Shame these guys broke up, though.

ChoccyPhilly
June 28th 2014


6276 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

It's alright, but it's so damn repetitive

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Mad.
June 29th 2014


3835 Comments


Gotta remember to check this



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