Thursday, January 12, 2017

Brother Saturn – Unstable Lands (2016)



  • Dreamwave 
  • Abstract 
  • Ambient drone 
  • Space music 
  • Kosmische Musik 
  • Indietronica 
  • Alternative 
  • Synthwave 
  • Ambient 
  • Electronic music 
  • Post-rock 
  • Ambient rock

Comment: sometime in the first half of the 90s when Sun Ra left Earth for Saturn forever, to arrive at his birth place he also left vacant his place on the blue planet. By listening to spatial music by Colorado, US-based artist Drew Miller aka Brother Saturn, and enjoying the quality and quantity of his sound he could be an excellent candidate to replace the legend. Unstable Land is a beatific progression through extended and stretched chords and drones being saturated with vibrations. He exploits both guitars and apparently modular synthesisers to fortify the soundscape. At times there can be drawn parallels upon Slowdive's abstract development Pygmalion, at times upon M Geddes Gengras, at times upon the most hazy moments by Ducktails, at times upon epic still life by Pan American at Quiet City, however, the artist does have his own subtle touch and sublime approach among the other ones. I guess Miller's proficiency used to come forth through a dense creative act while drifting between the formalism and sensual (emotive) music. Indeed, one element does not exclude another one in his theoretical setup. Maybe there is also up invisible magic needed to unify the both elements into an enchanting whole. The finishing track Nature`s Reckoning is more mundane in comparison to the other compositions due the stomping mid-tempo rhythm which is accompanied by a distinct guitar pattern. All in all, the result is worth to be added to a list of the best albums in 2016. It was announced Unstable Lands to be his last issue on We Are All Ghosts. By the way, in recent times the artist issued a couple of brand new ones called Descent Into Madness, and Light! Joy! Ascent! I See The Stars In Your Heart.
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