The title Fulcrum immediately made me think of my high school Physics classes. Aside from that unpleasant reminder I read the notes carefully, liked the cover and put the music on with anticipation. Unlike those old classes I liked what I heard, good thoughtful electronic music.
The title track comes first, and is merely a short introduction but a good one, setting the scene for an impressive floating side of synths. The first few tracks are not in the sequencer/up-beat mode, but are strong compositions. That changes with Driven, which
sounds very Tangerine Dreamish. There are several concurrent musical themes over a pulsating background. Momentary Mirage which follows is just that, a temporary ambient journey before Vale of the Kalandrin, a musical soundscape reminiscent of Gandalf, with varied passages, smooth to menacing and back. Shadowfall is one of the more impressive tracks, and is also the longest at eight minutes. Again, this piece is high quality synth music which all lovers of the genre would appreciate. Udu drums are used alongside the synths here to give an added dimension to the drifting music. Perfect Union is the most immediate and melodic piece, and sets up a perfect ending for the last piece, Balance, which is lush, spacey and just too short.
For those who know people with a complete collection of Tangerine Dream albums and who love electronic music, make them jealous by taking round a copy of Fulcrum for them to listen to. There aren’t that many American labels producing this kind of music, and when they do, it is rarely of this quality.
- James Cornall, Sound Mind Magazine