Tomislav Goluban review…June 14, 2018….

TOMISLAV GOLUBAN

FEAT. TONI STARESINIC

VELVET SPACE LOVE

SPONA CD 201

DEEP SPACE ZONE: ZERO GRAVITY–SPACE DRIVE–MY JUPITER MISTRESS–HYPERSLEEP DREAM

STILL DREAMING: 10_9_3–THE BUSIEST WOMAN I’VE EVER LOVED–TSMK–THE END OF SPACE AND TIME

REMIXED ZONE: ZERO GRAVITY REMIX–SPACE DRIVE REMIX–TSMK REMIX–

TRIBUTE ZONE: MAN WITH A HARMONICA

Tomislav Goluban is a brilliant harmonica player and composer from Croatia.  He’s played in twenty different European countries as well as in the USA.  Toni Staresinic is also from Croatia, and his skill-set lies in anything with a keyboard.  Also a dynamic composer and arranger, he has a flair for experimentation and improv, and uses electronic music mixed with elements of rock, funk, and jazz to create his own one-of-a-kind sound.  Both of these esteemed players front their own blues bands in their homeland, and both journeyed to the Tonic Electronic Studio and the Kasandra Studio in Croatia joining forces to create a  “harmonica meets keyboards” summit, if you will, entitled “Velvet Space Love.”

This set is exactly that–Tomislav’s energized harp peacefully coexists with the sparkling keyboard stylings and electronic techniques applied by Toni to create a trippy excursion into the boundless deep space of the listener’s mind.  Evidence the opening “Zero Gravity,” which rides Tomislav’s harp lines over, under, around, and through the spacey electronica.  Hypersleep Dream” leans toward a more traditional setting, with the harp and subsequent synthesizers giving way to the set’s sole vocal, a wordless, operatic soprano conclusion from Josipa Loncar.  “Till The End Of Space And Time” uses a “popcorn-ish” synth line running thru it, mixed with both traditional harp and a Jew’s Harp in the background.

Remixed versions of “Zero Gravity,” “Space Drive,” and “TSMK” delve deeper into Toni’s specialty of electronica and tripped-out beats, and the set closes with its only cover–Ennio Morricone’s “Man With A Harmonica,” which features Tomislav blowing over  that classic “Spaghetti Western” motif.

Our favorite was vastly different from all the other cuts.  This one featured a horn section and everybody riffing over a jazzed-up, bluesy instrumental with Mike Sponza on guitar, “The Busiest Woman I Ever Loved.”

Imagine if Ennio Morricone had scored all the music for the “Star Wars” franchise instead of John Williams, and you’ll get a close idea of where Tomislav and Toni are going with “Velvet Space Love,”  But, a great man once said it best–“You are about to enter another dimension, a journey into a wondrous land of imagination…”  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow.

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