VLE - _Book of Illusions: Chapter 1_
(Independent, 2001)
by: Adrian Bromley (9 out of 10)
VLE has got to be one of the most dazzling, brave and impressive independent offerings I have received in sometime. Adventurous and downright creative, the eclectic, dark and imaginative VLE tosses out its musical ideas into many different directions on _Book of Illusions: Chapter 1_, not really focusing on certain sounds, but rather on the final results. Inspired by "ocean sunsets, darkness and silence", this one man project hovers in a world of beautiful compositions (i.e. _3 in 5_, _Kano_ and _Stark_), each one bringing its own texture and substance to this seven-song release. And while the music of VLE could be easily classified as experimental and atmospheric, there is a definite progressive rock feel to the music as well. I'm picking up the same kind of vibes I did with Dan Swano's third Nightingale release, _I_. Vocals play a very small but effective role on this VLE release, used more as an instrument ("Timeless") rather than a main ingredient of song passages. In the end, VLE makes the listener really pay attention to the sounds and ideas going on, because if you don't pay attention you'll no doubt be lost until the next song starts up. In a world all its own, VLE are onto something good. Can't wait to hear Chapter II.

Contact: VLE, 455 West 34th Street Apt.14C, New York, NY 10001, USA

(article published 19/10/2001)

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