Magus: Highway 375
Magus’ music is never overly-complex, but it is always emotionally moving – the title track features mellow guitar passages on top of layered keyboards that invokes a total state of relaxation and serenity. Just when you’ve exhaled, Robinson comes at you with “Arrakis (Part 1)” – a disturbing 2 minute exercise in funeral dirge-like keyboard textures – and “Arrakis (Part 2)” – an ethereal trip featuring some very jarring discordant guitar work. Robinson obviously has great passion for Frank Herbert’s epic “Dune” series of books, as these two tracks do a great job of conveying the sense of seriousness and grandeur that are the backbone of Herbert’s writings. As a matter of fact, the music here actually is far superior and far more appropriate than the music that accompanied the 1980 big-screen adaptation of “Dune”. Magus tastefully closes the CD with the aptly titled “Highway 375 (revisited),” which is an extension of the sonically smooth opening title track.
On Highway 375, Magus/Andrew Robinson does an incredible job at exuding true feeling from his music, and I’m surprised that Magus isn’t more popular in the space-rock community. Highway 375 is a great example of emotions set to music... and if he’s able to keep up this level of compositional quality, the relatively unknown Robinson should enjoy a much higher-profile status in the progressive community.
Track Listing: 1. Highway 375 (6:09), 2. Arrakis-Dune-Desert Planet (Part 1) (1:50), 3. Arrakis-Dune-Desert Planet (Part 2) (4:37), 4. Highway 375 (Revisited) (5:58)
Personnel: Andrew Robinson: All Instruments
Record Label: Sky Pines Music
Style: Fusion/Progressive Rock