Gouryella, a project stalled for nearly 13 years is back! And it doesn’t disappoint. The Trance alias started by Ferry Corsten and Tiesto back in the day was massive. The mid 2000s saw an obvious change in the musical direction the duo aimed for almost killed the group. However, since late 2015, Ferry took back control and now solely produces under the ‘Gouryella’ tag.
Now, the burden of keeping up with such a massive alias is immense. Ferry did an outstanding job living up to the hype by delivering ‘Anahera’ in 2015 which without a doubt was one of the biggest tracks of the year, also – Armin Van Buuren’s ASOT Tune of the Year!
So Gouryella is back, the new version of course. And without a doubt it’s heading in the absolute right direction. Old school Trance (the kind we love). Single after single, EP, and now a full length album – From The Heavens
Corsten takes a very different approach for this record. Now, he did try some experimental stuff in the past which wasn’t exactly Trance, but this Gouryella we’re talking about here. The real deal, proper Dutch trance minus the mainstream gimmicks.
The album features 12 tracks starting with a beautiful intro. Solid singles like Anahera, Neba, Gouryella, Walhalla and Tenshi absolutely grace the overall structure of the album. Absolutely crisp melodic trance at it’s finest. The BPM barely goes below 138 and when it does, it doesn’t seem out of place at all.
Musically, it sounds like something in the works since mid 90s which took over two decades in the studio and released only once it was perfected, on point, at the right time when most of the big names lost their direction. Don’t get me wrong here. It doesn’t sound old like that old CD in the back of your drawer. It’s punchy, crisp, precise – mastered beautifully. Stunning synths, pads and the signature old school cymbals and hats just take you back in time. The structure of every track is different, yet in unison. It is repetitive in the correct way and never boring.
Summing this up now. Yes, the wait was long (maybe too long). But like we’ve seen on records like Paul van Dyk’s Politics of Dancing 3, great albums need time, nothing can be rushed. And class acts absolutely can not take any chances irrespective of the hype. Now I’m sure many of the younger or more recent Trance listeners might not appreciate this album as much, but this is Trance, at it’s core – Euphoric, melodic, happy, dark, uplifting.
This is definitely a milestone for the entire genre, and it’ll stay forever.
01. Ferry Corsten Presents Gouryella – Intro
02. Ferry Corsten Presents Gouryella – Gouryella
03. Ferry Corsten Presents Gouryella – Ligaya
04. Ferry Corsten – Drum’s A Weapon
05. Ferry Corsten Presents Gouryella – Gorella
06. Ferry Corsten – Voema
07. Ferry Corsten – Follow You
08. Dimension – Dopamina
09. Ferry Corsten Presents Gouryella – Walhalla
10. Ferry Corsten Presents Gouryella – Tenshi
11. Ferry Corsten Presents Gouryella – Anahera
12. Ferry Corsten Presents Gouryella – Neba