As Gong, Steve Hillage and Miquette Giraudy have enjoyed a long and fascinating career arc. They recreated themselves twice: first when they managed to become mix fodder for Alex Patterson and the Orb, then again via a flirtation with Derrick May and the Detroit techno scene. Those two relationships seem to encapsulate their work as System 7: 808-fueled dance workouts combined with otherworldly soundscapes. Point 3 Water Album is the ambient and remixed counterpart to the more beat driven, Point 3 Fire Album. It displays Hillage and Giruady at the height of their ambient prowess, creating music that's at once fluid and ethereal, expanding space and creating entire worlds. Tracks like "Batukau" and "Sirenes" are entirely unique as these time travelers from the psychedelic '70s craft a sound that few of their musical brethren would be able to pull off with such technical mastery and verve.
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