Boomkat Product Review:
Majeure is the new side project from A.E. Paterra, who is probably better known as half of Goblin-aping Prog-synth duo, Zombi. Splitting off on his own tangent, his 'Timespan' LP is a lazer etched, three-track trek to the stars using a similar rack of vintage analogue eqipment (DSI MonoEvolver, Moog Source, Korg 700, Roland Juno 60, Oberheim OB-8), but programmed with more direct co-ordinates. Unlike his work with Zombi, there's a distinct thread of disco/Italo influence running through these tracks, from the hypnotic high-speed thrills of 'The Dresden Codex', to the arpeggiated Italo/Krautrock throb of 'Teleforce', guiding the tracks on a determined trajectory. However the ties to the proggy rock infatuation of Zombi are kept intact by the fact that Paterra eschews drum machines in favour of Kent Custom Drums, lending a human sleight to the rhythms that keeps this album on the rockier side of the moon. The final piece and title track, 'Timespan' is the lengthiest of the lot, taking 18 minutes to reach its destination via dying synthesized supernovas and dramatised arrangements. Essnetial for fans of Steve Moore/Zombi, Goblin or Giorgio Moroder's PSYCH gear.