Shaper and Mechanist

by Headscan

no matter where oblivious in shadows of since you left away all one's sight is on being here no matter where oblivious in shadows once you came to stay so much has changed here some ones might never learn someone's will never wonder love some forever so real we never something in winter came to me sentient love so many time I've seen it die sensory feeding useless lies to me now sentient times so many lives have been then died memory feeding useless lies to me now
emulated vibration of fluid reception recall of future land billions of minds screaming of life digital random dreams floating in tactile memories eyeless shape glowing face motoring
see and believe the circle went down sights maybe we wont die remember me in no man's land what becomes severed the time to be alone to live it we belong to be alone it will never stop the need to be one answer we believe alone to be alone
center lanes a winter life for components of lies someone surrendered century of wonderments for what we've all seen dive in/and surrender centuries of silent nights being dancers of light beat of the components surfing wonderland something deeper where all is like the northern lights
feel undone move to another plane embrace the time to come orbiting another sun process of evolution culture human patterns movement of nature elevate online evolve over time satellites above us are flowing by transference
Assuming my destiny meant To wonder to be far/alone dreaming of endless Mountains over a seafloor area Assuming my destiny ment to wonder to be Far/alone something to reflect then meet thy Own conscience My heart is built around a stream generator hi-tech Submarinesailor duplicates feeling to hold us together I am a prisoner of pressure dreaming alone, I am a prisoner in this strange new world Sometimes i believe in a way wish i could wake Up and see you belong in heaven Enough said off to the gate to the dark tonight Don't leave like that


Shaper And Mechanist more than fulfills the promises made on the High Orbit Pioneers demo, a demo whose strength landed the Montreal duo on Canada’s ArtOfFact Records (it’s nice to see a Canadian electronic band on a Canadian electronic label, too).
Headscan exhibit a colossal understanding of electronic music and its power, as well as a remarkable grasp on the genre’s forbears. Influences from the likes of, but not limited to, Lassigue Bendhaus and Jean-Michel Jarre are readily apparent, though the band come nowhere near pure imitation, rather updating these sounds with a solidly futuristic flair.

Silent Running explodes with a massively stylish sheen, pulsing and drenched in techno atmospherics, the song sets the stage for the very futuristic themes of the album. Indeed, the album title is adapted from the science fiction writings of Bruce Sterling and the lyrics of Christian and Claude are highly literary and intelligently written. Body Of Memory intones “we set sail for the future” and Christian sings of future lands; the entirety of Shaper And Mechanist is pure futurism, something noticeably missing or poorly dealt-with in much of today’s electro music.

The mind-reeling epic Immortal, a colossus of beats and racing sequencers, with Christian’s vocoder-like voice buried in the mix, surrounded by howling and warbling sound effects is an obvious highlight, likewise the blindingly fast techno of Orbit Shift is utterly dynamic. While vocally Headscan never disappoint, Components is Christian’s pinnacle performance, where is voice soars with vivacity. Much of Shaper And Mechanist shimmers with a futuristic glimmer and sleekness, even the pounding aggression of Bluten has a polished sound, despite the crushing beats and screaming samples, which is contrasted nicely with the symphonic touches and casual trip-hop languish of Submariner. These sounds and textures are revisited on Gravity Well, which is highly reminiscent of Forma Tadre in the underwater-like scope of grandeur. - Electroage 2002


released June 28, 2001

Music by Claude Charnier
Vacuum Tube & Submariner songs by Christian Pomerleau
Vocals and processing by Christian Pomerleau
Produced by Headscan ©2001
Released on Artoffact


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