"Alternative Light Source"

(Infectious Music); Electronica

By ​Phil ​Bennett

Tangerine Dream showed the world back in the ‘70s that electronic sounds generated by three banks of synthesisers could combine to create sonic soundscapes to transport the listener just as effectively as the standard line up of guitar, bass and drums.

Over time, technological advances have blurred the definitions of music and producers, djs and knob twiddlers have earned the right to create and be accepted as having similar degrees of talent and aesthetic sensibility as a handy pianist or a fingerpickin’ guitar wiz.

Leftfield are one of the classic names in the field of electronica and, after 16 years, they’ve finally put out their third album. Well, half of them have, since the duo of Neil Barnes and Paul Daley has been reduced to just Barnes.

Being the more “electronic” of the two, Barnes’ Alternative Light Source contains enough kaleidoscopic effects and slinky techno beats to satisfy anyone with a penchant for the likes of the Chemical Brothers and Underworld.

And if you’ve never ventured into the fascinating world of electronica, this is a great place to start as it combines 90s rave with some startling 21st Century atmospherics.

Trance like, richly textured and deeply layered with some truly mind-bending counter-rhythms, Alternative Light Source is a grand album indeed.

Made entirely from electronically sourced tones and the human voice, it’s enough to make you think that, yes, androids most probably do dream of electric sheep.


​Phil ​Bennett

Musician, actor, singer, music reviewer, Phil’s interests cover a lot of bases and this is reflected in the music he writes about. From blues to soul, ambient to electronic, Phil writes about artists he feels are interesting, true to their craft and worthy of your ears.