AES Dana
Pollen


5.0
classic

Review

by AnimalsAsSummit USER (25 Reviews)
March 21st, 2018 | 23 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Living inside a hydro-bionic dome in the year 2872

Aes Dana (aka Vincent Villuis) is an ambient/ electronic artist that has been around since the early days of the Ultimae label. He released his first album 'Season 5' in 2002 to critical acclaim. His following albums were all journeys into lush ambient territory, but never has the very foundation of electronic been questioned and morphed like it is on 'Pollen'. Here we see Aes Dana creating a transcendent work of absolute genius that sounds like it was sent to us from another time.

The albums starts off with the track, "Jetlag Corporation", which enters with a excellent rhythm yet sounds so distant in time. The song starts off in a hesitant manner before exploding unexpectedly into another dimension. An echo reverberates throughout the track sending the listener into a kind of production not yet heard before in electronic. And this stunning experience is just the first song.

Pollen continues its trek into a seemingly prophetic march towards the far future of civilization. Taking us into strange hydroponic worlds in songs like "Tree.Some" and into skyward cities in "101 Clouds". Every track here is brilliant electronica. It is isn't psybient in the slightest, even though Ultimae is usually known for many artists that dabble in that style. But not this. Its electronic dance music from cybernetic eden. A rave in the biomechanical jungle of tomorrow.

The last track on 'Pollen' is "Low Tide Explorations", and I don't hesitate to say this may be one of the finest examples of electronic music in our time. You will not believe this statement until you hear the song for yourself. It is that good, and leaves you in total disbelief of the journey you have just taken. It is Aes Dana's muse finally taking over full control, gathering all it can from our next stage of humanity, and handing it to us on a silver platter. If you're wondering if I am listening to the album as I write this, you'd be correct. This is truly a feat for the ages.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
CalculatingInfinity
March 21st 2018


8876 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Hell yes!

Evok
March 21st 2018


7676 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Omg yes finally a review for one of the best electronic albums ever made. Hard pos.

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DoofusWainwright
March 21st 2018


19991 Comments


Guess I’ll be checking this one too, good work

Evok
March 21st 2018


7676 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Absolutely essential listening. The 2017 remaster is truly transcendental.

CalculatingInfinity
March 21st 2018


8876 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I need to jam this again because I could easily bump it. I haven't heard the remaster though, how good is it compared to the original?

Chortles
March 21st 2018


21381 Comments


fantastic album, big props for giving it a review

AnimalsAsSummit
March 21st 2018


3821 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

thanks guys! it seriously is one of the best. expect more reviews. i am trying to cover the albums i love that don't get much exposure on this site. this album is truly something special for electronic, and music in general. i can't think of much to compare it to... insanely unique.

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Evok
March 21st 2018


7676 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

High five bro high five

AnimalsAsSummit
March 21st 2018


3821 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

right back at ya bro

pizzamachine
March 21st 2018


14151 Comments


High fives all around!

AnimalsAsSummit
March 22nd 2018


3821 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

a very high 5 all around, yes

parksungjoon
March 22nd 2018


9354 Comments


hard pos

AnimalsAsSummit
March 22nd 2018


3821 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

thanks park, you jam this yet?

parksungjoon
March 22nd 2018


9354 Comments


yeah i got a torrent with like everything released under this label some 5 years or so ago?

ton of great stuff this included

Evok
March 22nd 2018


7676 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

You got it in 24bit or at least 16bit I would hope..

parksungjoon
March 22nd 2018


9354 Comments


8bit gameboy sound chip sequencer remakes

Evok
March 22nd 2018


7676 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

even better

trilo
March 22nd 2018


2455 Comments


aes dana is love aes dana is life. memory shell is my fav but they all rule

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parksungjoon
March 22nd 2018


9354 Comments


animals my dude i just noticed you put big bud in the recommended section

just like that ur stock shot up by a factor of 10 in my books

AnimalsAsSummit
March 22nd 2018


3821 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

thanks park homie, ive been jamming bud since i was 12! that album is amazing too, definitely thought of infinity + infinity when jamming this because of how hard the last two tracks on that go into total chillout mode



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