3886records // Progressive Psytrance: Walking the thin line – Part II

The musical development initiated by Atmos and others in the expiring millennium has existed to this day. It`s a bit slower and more earthy than „ordinary“ Psytrance and it uses more conventional melodic and harmonic turns – certainly a reason for the commercial success during the last time. The bandwith of this subgenre is very narrow, because with the reduction of speed and a bit of shuffle you find yourself in Deep or Progressive House easily and with the use of a longer chord progression and sweet vocal melodies one serves pop clichés very quickly. 

Never is was easy to use vocals in Psytrance, because there is always the danger of entangling the dancer with it more deeply. On the other hand, of course, man is shaped by the perception of voices and this can be a wonderful musical element, if you use them skilfully. The more I was surprised from this truly classic theme Andreas Linden and Robin Gesell took on: „Ashes to ashes and dust to dust. What if antimatter is all we are?“ Often the Progressive Psytrance leads you back into the next morning where the afterhour party starts and the one or the other might have asked: „So, what is all about. Where do we come from and where do we go?“. A wonderful speculation everyone likes to strip off right away, because where could one find the answer to this? „Beyond day and night, beyond death and life“ The answer eludes the earthly. But that seems certain: „While bodies stay, minds travel far“. Here the core of all religions is taken up: Somehow it will continue. And with that they bring the previously possibly disturbed mind already safely back to the landing. Perfect psy lyrics in my eyes! There are several more tracks from Spekta with vocal elements, but especially with this he has managed a real coup in my eyes.

The track itself (Spekta – Antimatter) is solid progressive psytrance craft. 138 bpm, offbeat base, minimal – the bass never leaves the D. But that’s not enough. The remix of Vaas Maro refines the ideas of his label colleagues in a condensed, crisp version. He makes elements appear again in a different light by changing the bass  and shows new perspectives by experimental handling of the vocal recordings. A track that really deserves the label „Progressive“, because he brings in fresh ideas in unconventional dealing with the bass. Unfortunately, unpublished until now. Therefore, this title should be mentioned again at this point:

Spekta told me that often Psytrance tracks are like phantasy journeys and that most of the time his tracks reflect his actual mood while composing them. His pieces are not only fantasy but also time travel, what you can hear in his tracks Comet and Lambda Core. Anyone who has seen the science fiction series Captain Future on television as a kid in the 1970s has a high chance of not having missed Anne Clark and Our Darkness in the Eighties :). Listen to Lambda Core and you know what I mean!

The off-beat bass has been cultivated strictly until the Kronfeld Remix, where a bit of variety came into play and with the Comet track the psy gallop broke completely for the first time. With Unstable Psysotope he left the major / minor melodic scales towards arabic ones to intense the psychadelic mood.  The tracks Level to Level and Eine Ahnung already play in the darker realms of Psytrance.

It’s a pity, because that’s where the story about Spekta and maybe also 3886records ends, which I have seen as a truly authentic approach to progressive psytrance.  Perhaps the last tracks of Spekta reflect not only his own mood and at the same time the attempt as a musician to move more into the eye of the storm of „real“ psytrance parties, but also a movement of the entire scene, which flees into more extreme musical currents of psytrance to escape the mainstream.  „The underground feels threatened and reacts by making the music harder and more monotonous.“ (Oliver Koletzki #fuckedm)