There is a quiet subtlety at play here which may not be instantly apparent but underpins the many layers forming this subtle, superlative production. Dead Eyes Open chimes with a resolutely meaningful drive that unfolds in cosmic directions taking you, your mind and soul along for the ride. This Is Love, then dives deeper into bliss as ethereal voices join together with introspective, probing notation cumulating in a funky rays of sunshine.
The way in which Petrichor lifts and then releases your emotions is something to behold as the opening number on this first foray into landscapes of ambience in ten years so readily demonstrates. Warmth is contrasted by a twisting sense of unease as expectations are challenged in numerous worthwhile ways. It’s also interesting to note that the sounds which capture the reflection of the 1990’s on Penumbra result in exactly the same emotional response then as now. Which in turn leads us to the compelling collaboration with Nick Warren, the excellently titled, defiantly edgy: Last Waltz In Weirdsville. The album is as much about joy as it about exploring more introspective, melancholy strains in these dark times and it’s that shining light that proves most rewarding such as on the joyous Souvenir, while the breathless Final Piece Of The Jigsaw is simply bliss personified. The album concludes with the lonely rush of Maranasati and the feeling that as you scratch the surface something wonderful will be revealed.
Kuljinder is a great record. I love music like this. It explodes upon the horizon in a rush of colour that forgets the past while forging at the future with contemporary sounds that never-the-less are soulfully resonate. It’s tempting to use the word cinematic because that is what comes to mind, but that’s not to understate the hard-hitting nature of it all driven by a series of contrasts from chiming, surging ambience to the dark intensity generated by the bass. Ocean Vibes, then signifies a sense of relief via a brighter atmosphere that again squeezes every moment of emotion out of the cool, cleverly crafted instrumentation which includes the occasional splash of piano along with a heavenly chorus of sound effects and voices.
Nick Warren’s label most definitely lives up to its promise with the release of this inspired, surely self-explanatory number: Dream Oscillator. Its sublime expressions glide effortlessly across the airwaves as pulses of electronically generated music undulates, engaging all five senses in its process. Thankfully this is impossible to easily categorize. It simply exits as a great piece of music. Two excellent remixes accompany Simon Huxtable’s original with the Acid strains of Anton Dhouran’s smoking with anticipation, while Oona Dahl’s engages House rhythms alongside its proud sequence of fizzy electronics. Next, That Feeling pushes 80’s styled melodies in your direction with an intense remix care of Nitemooves. Leaving a return to bliss as the chiming notes of Breathe Life complete the vision via a surge of introspective keys plus tastefully darker Bass for contrast.
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