The Blue Star by Mingo review
This album, consisting of eight instrumental tracks and almost an hour in length, has a space theme that suits the music perfectly, and brings to mind The Orb's ambient classic Adventures Beyond The Ultraworld. Opening track A Distant Moon sets an evocative mood, a single low end synth playing a repeated simple melody, eventually joined by a ghostly, haunting piano line and it's not difficult imagine yourself drifting through space as you listen.
Mingo makes masterly use of atmospherics and sound effects that can be very effective in giving a sense of other-worldliness, like on the slow-building Narvi. The title track is seven minutes of blissed-out beauty orbiting somewhere near Betelgeuse, but the two epic tracks Omega Point and Under Spiral Skies were my favourites, both around the ten minute mark. They employ pulsing tribal percussion and rhythmic patterns to great effect, whilst A Glimpse Of Dawn and final track Zeno end the album on a suitably transcendent and mysterious note.
Overall, this is a captivating and sonically fascinating album. Ambient music can take the listener on a journey and transport them in a way that perhaps no other genre of music can, and Mingo has become a seasoned practitioner of this art form. He has already built up a strong fanbase, and ambient/electronica lovers who are new to his work will find much to enjoy here.
Alex Faulkner (The Faulkner Review)
(Debuted at #27 on the ZMR Top 100 Radio New Age/Ambient/World charts)