Sunday, November 13, 2016

Cousin Silas – Urge (2016)

  • Dark ambient 
  • Dystopbient 
  • Epic
  • Microsound 
  • Ambient drone 
  • Minimalism 
  • Avant-garde 
  • Experimentalism 
  • Soundscape
  • Psycho-acoustic 
  • Drone 
  • Sound art 
  • Microtonal 
  • Abstract 
  • Post-industrial

Comment: meritorious Cousin Silas from the UK (born in 1959) continues his tenure on CerebralRift with the second issue Urge. These three immense compositions which eventually clock in at a 74 minute are the follow-up to Observations From Earth And Beyond (2015) though the touch of the brand new one is markedly more pessimistic and sombre due to austere, dystopic seeds within slowly undulating drones which used to change in a manner as if impending doom and apocalypse. Cousin Silas dispenses with New Age-y and classical music-related sounds as he did on the previous one. On the other side, it sustains readily majesty and epic which on occasion take over to appear in a more lighter and shiny mode. Undoubtedly it is essential to focus on minutiae because the main course just got described above. There are some echoes and hisses here and there, some bubbly electronic sounds, some microscopic noises and focal effects here and there. The title track is somehow more heavy-weighted than the rest of the outing as if gravitating towards the core of Earth. In a more indirect sense, it rotates and moves towards the black hole, towards death as if depicting the life of a human being metaphorically, depicting one`s urge to get passed away positively through the development and contribution. Of course you need either good earphones or a qualitative stereo system to enjoy all of that. And of course, you shall have to crank up the volume of your stereo system to get involved in that ill-omened magic. I guess it is formally music, basically it is the result of a sound processing, ideologically its purpose is to provide evidence about a tight relation between the development of science and music. Our sensations are controlled by the machines ultimately. That`s OK if the result is so exquisite and refined as the issue between my ears right now. it is the urge of mine as well.
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