Alternative Press - 11/94, p.85
"...enough to wind you down while you drink Gatorade after a hard night of raving..."
Cypher 7: Jeff Bova, Alex Haas.
DECODER is a CD-ROM compatible with both Windows and DOS (9003) and may also be played (audio only) on conventional CD players.
Personnel: Bill Laswell (programming).
Recording information: Power Station, Bovaland.
Photographer: Ernst Haas.
Unknown Contributor Role: Rob Soares.
Arrangers: Jeff Bova; Alex Haas.
Extremely ambient music that's more influenced by the smooth, flowing melodies of groups like Tangerine Dream than by the bizarro sampling freneticism of much of the mid-'90s techno scene. Far more peaceful than many of bassist/producer Bill Laswell's wilder ambient excursions, listening to Decoder is like a soundtrack for one's blissful dreams of being able to fly. Soaring on gentle, breezy melodies that cradle listeners like a cloud, the music takes them on a kinder, gentler auditory journey. Perfect for meditation, relaxation, or simply lounging about on a quiet Sunday afternoon, this album has the subtle power to totally alter one's state of mind. ~ Bret Love