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  • Summary: The third full-length release for the Lisbon-based Dutch multi-instrumentalist was inspired in part by the novel by Johannes Kepler.
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  • Record Label: Polyvinyl
  • Genre(s): Electronic, Ambient, Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Electronic, Indie Pop, Neo-Psychedelia
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
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  1. Nov 26, 2018
    80
    It seems that Gardner has found his calling as a psychedelic spaceman, and Somnium is a laid-back delight that's a perfect soundtrack for inner flights and star-filled nights alike.
  2. Uncut
    Nov 26, 2018
    80
    The end result creates an engulfing sonic swirl, recalling the enveloping work of Cluster and Tangerine Dream. [Dec 2018, p.24]
  3. Nov 26, 2018
    70
    Somnium's aim and direction are uniquely its own, its conclusion open-ended yet still satisfying.
  4. Nov 26, 2018
    65
    Somnium is almost New-Agey in its avoidance of any sort of harsh sound, instead preferring to layer rich and warm synths until they hint at the slightly sinister. He should score the next sci-fi series.
  5. Mojo
    Dec 17, 2018
    60
    Throughout, a twinkly otherworldliness is counterbalanced by rhythmic excursions evoking the passage between one liminal world and another. [Feb 2019, p.92]
  6. Q Magazine
    Dec 18, 2018
    60
    It works best when these elements are brought to the fore--the shadowy-voyage-into-the-unknown atmosphere of opener Rising or Rain's floating, dream-like synths--creating an eerie, retro-futurist soundworld to get lost in. [Feb 2019, p.112]