Jacco Gardner "Somnium (Polyvinyl)"
In 1608, Johannes Kepler wrote Somnium, which is widely considered to be the first science fiction novel. In 2018, Jacco Gardner recorded Somnium, widely considered to be the first album ever based on what is widely considered to be the first science fiction novel. Jacco challenged himself by deciding to not have any vocals on the album. Having to convey what he wanted via instrumentality offered up a new way of working for Jacco, and it paid off. Hints of Mike Oldfield, Tangerine Dream, Vangelis, classic library music, and everything else I’m looking for when I go to a record show. Check out the positively groovy (yes, I said groovy) “Levania.”