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Chronicles of the Universe

All blog posts related to my first album, Chronicles Of The Universe, released on JOOF Recordings on February 10, 2014.


Your EDM in-depth review of Chronicles Of The Universe

YourEDM.com — a website focused on covering news, releases, events and more that relates to electronic dance music. Andrew Quigley, head Trance writer of Your EDM, reviewed Chronicles Of The Universe in-depth.

As one of Psy Trance’s brightest talents, Daniel Lesden continues to turn heads with his incredibly sophisticated Progressive style that demands incredulous attention to detail. Many are hailing him as a modern day prodigy with each subsequent release, as his viciously complex productions have quickly garnered a huge list of support from industry leaders such as Simon Patterson, Sideform, and Lyctum. Lesden kicked off his career in 2012 with the release of Contact on Ovnimoon Records, where it remained in the Psy Trance Top 10 on Beatport for multiple weeks. While it usually takes a couple of years to achieve that level of success, Contact immediately separated him from the pack as a rising talent whose potential could explode at any moment. Since 2012, his talents have grown to insurmountable heights, as his unique infusion of past influences and fresh experimentation have uncovered a radically unique approach towards his works. Yet, he still remains humble and optimistic as an artist, and continually strives to hone his craft by discovering new sounds and exploring different avenues of new age ideologies.

Daniel Lesden has always been interested in the concept of universal exploration, and has frequently implemented subtle suggestions of deep space throughout his pieces. Each of his tracks contain a mystical flow of energy that intertwines throughout its relentless basslines and his soft, velvety embellishments focuses on achieving an intense, sonorous sound. This fascination of the cosmos has culminated in the creation his debut album entitled Chronicles Of The Universe, which keenly focuses on the Solar System as its main driven theme. This album has given him the chance to stretch out his production chops by developing a vibrantly detailed arrangement of textures that accurately depicts his contemporary point of views. Each track represents a different planet in our Solar System and the tempo and energy decreases with each passing orbit, (and track). Additionally, Lesden has taken cues from various historical Gods that are said to reside over each world, which adds yet another layer of crypticism towards his dynamic magnum opus. Released on John 00 Fleming’s legendary label, J00F Recordings, Chronicles Of The Universe is as academic as it is delightful, with each piece sending you towards a brave journey of immersive self discovery.

Mercurian Night

At a blistering 138 BPM, Mercurian Night is the fastest track in the album that continually accelerates with terrifying conviction. The piece is searingly fast and in your face with a brutal combination of devastating basslines and sinister, Middle Eastern interludes that inflicts serious damage to one’s sanity. This is due to the planet being closest to the sun, with a yearly cycle that only consists of 88 Earth days. An unusual presence of evil is shown throughout the opening track with the addition of radical percussive choices, smashing Breaks sections and thunderous Electro influences, as well as the intermittent laughs of the devil slowly seeping feelings of dread down your spine. It’s definitely a fiery start to the album.

Ishtar Terra

The Ishtar Terra is a particular continent on Venus which is represented by Mother Ishtar, who is the Semitic/Babylonian goddess of love, war and sex. For my interpretation, I find that a quintessential tale of Ishtar’s life is closely connected to this piece. One day, Ishtar descends into the Underworld and demands that the main gates be open to her. After the gatekeeper allows her to pass, she angrily notices that she loses an article of clothing in each inner gate she passes while a group of demons prevent her from leaving. Completely naked, she is eventually captured and imprisoned in the bowels of the Underworld. As the goddess of sex, her imprisonment ceases all sexual activity for the planet. The King of Gods, Ea, sees this as a problem and creates a being called Asu-Shu-namir to free Ishtar from her imprisonment, or else face righteous retribution. The Queen of the Underworld, Ereshkigal, is furious that she has to let her prize go, but allows Ishtar’s freedom for fear of the destruction of her personal realm. Lesden’s track is brooding and bitter, with a scathingly intense, yet weighty character that symbolizes the anger and resentment of both Ishtar and Ereshkigal. With the addition of snaking acidic lines and various vocal samples, it perfectly balances between ferocity and elegance in true Progressive form.

The Gaia

As the only planet that is able to sustain life in the entire Solar System, The Gaia is certainly a track that stands out from the album. This track naturally refers to the Earth Goddess Gaia, who created the Sea and the Sky to support life. As a maintainable ecosystem, the Earth is comprised of trillions of living organisms that work together to preserve itself as a single, living being. A big concept of Psy Trance can be described with the lyrics of Galactic Mantra by Ovnimoon, in which it ends with, „I am me. We are you.“ We are individuals, but we are interconnected with Nature. It bonds us, yet guides us and our interchangable relationship between the Earth Goddess guarantees our survival and the survival of our planet. The Gaia features the first instance of prominent human application, as the epic beginning is grandiose in displaying the overwhelming power of mankind. Ritualistic shouts, expressive vocal arias and open air sound constructions allows the marriage of spirituality and music to intertwine in immortalized harmony.

Cydonia

Many scholars and scientists believe that Mars was once as beautiful and rich as the Earth today and also contained the specific conditions needed to support life. Cydonia refers to an area on Mars that’s well known by its amusing depiction of a smiling face within its terrain. Daniel takes a completely different spin on this track, as its spacey, otherworldly atmosphere is largely supplemented by its prolific use of futuristic sounds that contain an element of extraterrestrialism. It is distinctly more Progressive than the previous three and in my interpretation, it is meant to convey the glory of past lifeforms on Mars with the use of cutting edge sound technology. Definitely one to check out if you’re a fan of discovering new sounds.

A brilliant debut album that definitively showcases one of the best technical talents in Trance today. It’s wonderfully detailed with countless hidden nuances and its intricate, thorny orchestration bring out some of the best work that I’ve seen from Daniel.

Vortex

This is a rather exciting piece in the album, because the vortex obviously refers to the Big Red Spot that resides on Jupiter as a horrifying maelstrom of complete annihilation. This has a profound effect on the implications of this piece, as its fearful qualities are almost as violent sounding as Mercurian Night. Firmly planted in harmonic minor, Vortex focuses most of its attention on its continuous basslines as torrents of villainous samples are offset by the use of flowing ethnic vocals. At various points throughout the track, the rumblings of thunder can ominously be felt in the background; its constant presence inflicting panic and menace towards the listener. Around the middle of the track, Lesden switches gears and swaps out the sixteenth notes with a corrupted and warping bassline that summons a feeling of uneasiness throughout the layout of the other instruments, (along with a slight hint of mania thrown in for good measure). However, the entirety of Vortex is surprisingly tonal and avant garde, as the piece focuses more on cool, confident grooves than reckless brute force.

Shadow Of Collisions

Shrouded with enigma and intrigue, Saturn is known as the only planet with a distinct asteroid belt surrounding its orbit. By this point, we have significantly dropped down from 138 to 134 BPM, and its distinct slowdown ventures into certain color territories that haven’t been explored by many producers. However, Daniel has taken that risk with conviction, as his paired down piece offers exciting new possibilities into Psy Trance as a whole. Compared to the last two pieces, Shadow Of Collisions is more technically advanced in terms of sound design/timbre selection, and its unorthodox blend of styles and influences provide a unique clash of ideologies that thrives of musical innovation. Its pumping percussion section propels the track at a smooth pace and its mysterious vocals/drums are featured as an elegant, yet vibrant example of musical conversations.

Deep Haze

With only two tracks to go, we now move away from Psy Trance to explore Daniel’s interpretation of Trance with a cool, collected 131BPM feel. This track represents Uranus, as its collection of various gases and ’ices’ are loosely collected to form the entirety of the planet. I find that these last two pieces are two of his most technical works, as his beautiful modus operandi induces a wonderfully intricate sound design that captures the frigid feeling of timelessness that’s constant throughout the coldest atmosphere of the Solar System. The entire piece is lusciously deep and carnivorous, with a sound design that rivals dominant Trance technicians such as Protoculture, Lange and Giuseppe Ottaviani. Deep Haze also boasts an impressive atmosphere within its elaborate soundscapes and its brilliant implementation of Progressive Breaks adds another crisp element of comprehensive creationism that seeks to shatter genres, as well as expectations.

165 Earth Years

Now within the deepest reaches of the Solar System, it’s only natural that Daniel’s interpretation of Neptune is where we see him at his creative prime, as this piece nebulously relishes within its deep, artificial personality. I don’t know if this could even be considered Trance in any sense of the word, as it reminds me of similar sound philosophies of Guy J, Cid Inc and Khen; artists that believe in the journey of sounds to guide them through the music. Clearly, 165 Earth Years is titled to represent the time it takes for Neptune to complete one rotation around the sun and its slow, lurching nature dictates the energy of this piece. Its heavily digitized palette is magnificently intertwined within its monstrous atmosphere as its smooth, seamless phrasing is flawlessly executed in top form. It is a fantastic blend of spacious, hopeful melodies and rigid, emotionless orchestration that brings a delicious and satisfying end to Chronicles Of The Universe, and is my personal favorite out of the entire album.

If you are new to Psy Trance, or are someone who wants to explore the hidden underbelly of EDM, this is definitely a great starting point if you want to get into true Psy. Lesden has masterfully integrated a sense on connection and cohesion within each track and also manages to present some of the highest work of craftsmanship that we have seen here at Your EDM. Make sure you check this out on Beatport via J00F Recordings and I hope your journey into Psy Trance continues to broaden your musical horizons. Our final rating is below.

Keep the music alive.

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Text — Andrew Quigley

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TFI review of Chronicles Of The Universe

Trance For Infinity, Asia’s biggest active trance community, reviewed Chronicles Of The Universe.

Daniel Lesden’s debut album Chronicles Of The Universe is scaling the universe with music in an exciting journey through space.

This new artist is ready to present his unique style of Progressive PsyTrance which is full of life and energy. A big thumb up to J00F Recordings for recognising the mighty talent of new artists on the scene & providing them with such great opportunities to establish their unique style.

He takes us on an exhilarating aural journey with 8 upbeat tracks on this LP. All the tracks are smoothly mixed into a journey that softly builds from thoughtful grooves to energetic peaks & it not only uplifts your body but your soul too.

Chronicles Of The Universe is a life-affirming Progressive PsyTrance album. Highly recommended.

All the tracks on this album resemble/represent the 8 planets in our solar system which is a very unique concept.

This LP is a work of art with a variety of different influences ready to paint your ear drums massive. It clearly comes off as a winner with it’s intricately programmed psychedelic riffs, sparkling melodies, and pumping beats all of which come together to form a truly hypnotic experience. This is a life-affirming Progressive PsyTrance album. Highly recommended.

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Text — Reviewer — Kuldeep
Contributor — Switch Klay

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Electronic Night Life review of Chronicles Of The Universe

ElectronicNightLife.com is the website about nightlife featuring latest releases, news, events, interviews and more, reviewed about Daniel’s album.

John 00 Fleming and I seem to have more than a few things in common, and one of them happens to be our mutual love for music with astrophysical naming conventions. Daniel Lesden’s newest album „Chronicles Of The Universe“ on JOOF Recordings was the latest review opportunity to arrive in my inbox, and as with any JOOF release, I was all over it.

Chronicles Of The Universe is Lesden’s first foray into the world of full length artist albums. His previous EPs were a smattering of hard and dark progressive psy-trance, so I expected the album to be chock full of exactly that. Ask and ye shall receive, it seems, as the first track of the album, Mercurial Nights, blasts in with a strong stabbing bassline and squelching acid noises. I could immediately hear a strong improvement in Lesden’s production quality. The bass was more powerful than ever, the acid clearly resonated throughout the track, and the percussion was clear and wide, indicating that he is continuing to improve himself as a musician. An interesting groany breaks buildup takes us into a powerful drop and solidifies what is sure to be a great track on the dance floor.

The next track, Ishtar Terra, takes us on a slightly different path, concentrating more on a persistent stabbing bassline and heavily filtered acid leads. Track three, The Gaia, walks a similar path, but in a more minimal fashion. As the album progresses I notice that there is a heavy concentration on unique sound engineering and euphoric melodies.

Chronicles Of The Universe is a really great psy-trance album, built entirely for psy-trance fans. If psy is what you’re into, you will absolutely love this.

This essentially ends up being the template for the rest of the album. Stabbing bassline, strong acid, and ambient filtered melodies ringing out throughout the tracks. As much as I love psy-trance, I do wish there was a little bit more variation. When I listen to a full artist album front to back I’d like to hear them dip their toes into a few different genres. Things are shaken up a bit in the last two tracks though, which are a little slower and more euphoric. Coincidentally these are my two favorite tracks on the album; Deep Haze and 165 Earth Years, the latter taking the proverbial cake for me.

Chronicles Of The Universe is a really great psy-trance album, built entirely for psy-trance fans. If psy is what you’re into, you will absolutely love this. All it needs, in my opinion, is a few tracks in between to shake things up from the dagga-dagga. I would love to hear what Lesden could do with a breaks track, or a chill out session, or even some progressive house. Still, this album is what it is; excellent psychedelic trance. Pick up your copy today; I doubt you’ll be disappointed.

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Text — Daniel Nusdeo

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Flux BPM review of Chronicles Of The Universe

Flux BPM Online is the blog featuring reviews, interviews, and events. Dimitri Kechagias has wrote his verdict of the album.

JOOF never fails to find the best talents out there and give them the place they really deserve. Daniel Lesden’s album is another example of how alive and vital is the Psy-Trance scene today. His album includes 8 ultra massive productions with solid kick drums, razor sharp basslines, strong melodies, cinematic strings and sound effects and ethnic voices too.

All tracks are sealed together with strong concept and they promise to offer you a sonic experience that will be scanned and saved in your memory for long. Chronicles of the Universe should be perfect treat for your underground Psy-Trance sets for sure. Spot on!

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Text — Dimitri Kechagias

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Chronicles Of The Universe is out now

First studio album · JOOF Recordings

Dear friends and fans! I’m happy to announce that my long-awaited artist album is out today on JOOF Recordings!

Chronicles Of The Universe is the story of our Solar System, a complete journey that guides you to infinity universe! It includes 8 absolutely brand new tracks, 70 minutes of playtime. Get your copy today on all major stores.

Daniel Lesden’s album is another example of how alive and vital is the Psy-Trance scene today. His album includes 8 ultra massive productions with solid kick drums, razor sharp basslines, strong melodies, cinematic strings and sound effects and ethnic voices too. All tracks are sealed together with strong concept and they promise to offer you a sonic experience that will be scanned and saved in your memory for long.

... or buy on iTunes.

Written and produced by Daniel Sokolovskiy
Mastering by Milos Modrinic @ Sideform studio
Thanks to Mirai Art Studio for help with the artwork
Thanks to Simon Waring for well-written texts that appeared on previews

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165 Earth Years

Illustration by Greg Martin

Orbiting the Sun slower than any of the other planets in our visible solar system, Neptune sits at the outer reaches of our space. It’s blue hue is brought about by the absorption of infrared particles through its atmosphere, giving it the distinctive look of a beautiful swirling ocean.

The slow rolling bass line leads us into the ever changing spatial synths, giving us the feeling of a planet peacefully existing. As we are drawn closer the pressure builds with a plucky melody and vocal underline that may just question the illusion we have asked ourselves for time and eternity.

Could this planet hold the key and be a jumping point to understanding if the life exists in other Universes...

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Deep Haze

Concept art by Mirai Art Studio

Hiding behind the impenetrable deep haze of charged particles is the coldest planetary atmosphere in our solar system. Intuition leads us beyond the bounds of conventional thought as this ice giant is not only complex, it breaks the norm.

The molecular layered approach leads us to believe there is something more to this planet than meets the eye. It has a peculiar magnetism with its gradual build in tempo and solid pads. Its tortuous cloud structure creates an expectation of something extraordinary beyond.

As the melody expands our awareness, the cold undertones and vocal chops disregard convention. A primal heavy bass shudders with such capacity, it reverberates and echoes its personification of heaven. The Gaian influence has produced a Titan of mythical proportion.

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Shadow Of Collisions

The shadow of what was once a gaseous nebula dating from the fiery beginnings of the Solar System sets the scene for what is a mysteriously dark and eerie track. The melody gives us the feeling of an immense gravitational force about to be unleashed.

The heavenly bodies that once orbited its central mass are drawn towards it, as the unbalanced force in the baseline initiates an onslaught. Satellites, asteroids and comets collide with each other and the immense energy produced strips back the icy outer layers.

As the elements slowly start to disintegrate they are pulled into an orbital path. With their physical composition reforming, the parts heavy enough to survive start to manifest themselves into a wondrous rotating system of rings we see today.

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Vortex

Appearing in our night time sky is arguably the most beautiful planet in our solar system. This enormous, rapidly rotating gaseous giant certainly lives up to its deadly Jovian reputation as the King of the Gods. The inertial force of this track’s viscous flow and high pressure approach has all the complex elements and turbulent sounds of a giant. Its churning skies, ferocious storms and clouds are ever changing as its winds howl around this seething mass.

The maelstrom of vortexes provides an unbelievable undercurrent, as it stirs our imagination into a truly hypnotic state. Seething in and out the complex turbulence bringing together the individual elements giving us the feeling of dark light, leaving us to question how something so beautiful can be so treacherous.

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