Alba – Philomena (Aube 010 – 2010)

Rating: 7/10

Three synth cuts that express harmony and splendor we know from the previous Aube releases. The label’s most celebrated artist Roland S. Faber has teamed up with Keen K and Aube’s co-founder Michael Künzer to produce safe tunes for those who miss bygone times.

The theme of Philomena, named after Künzer’s one-year-old daughter, is presented in three versions, as floating synth interpretations with samples of human voice. “Part I” takes us back to Mediterranean resorts of 1980’s and italo-influenced piece misses only some cheesy vocals like under sunny skies you will hear my lies. The B-side opens with my pick here – “Part II” is dreamy butterfly disco with a gorgeous melodic passage and feels like signed by Monsieur Jarre. A longing female voice lends to “Part III” very sweet feeling and the track keeps flying. A lot of happy feelings and brightness without inventing anything new on this slab of 180 gram vinyl.

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