Disintegration State Records
TBR: 18th October
Adventsong returns to Disintegration State with another escapist soundtrack. Enjoying the label community and contributing to live shows and remix efforts has helped to establish Adventsong as an electronica figurehead. This brand new release was inspired by the course of an entire night. As the artist entered the restless dimensions of the mind, the output features the creative flare of this magical time. By exploring the mental journey of being awake all night long, with our thoughts for company, has been transcribed as this musical journey. Showing that music can be produced in this way, with a certain degree of ad-lib clarity which perhaps never usually makes it past the tab paper, raises a flag for spontaneity and catching that all important vibe.
Beginning with birdsong and the sound of moving traffic, Vespertine Shroud opens the album. An arpeggio dances across waving sonics while a horn synth jumps from notch to notch. Atmospheric and melodic, a sweeping array of tones explore the key with occasional jumps into the minor. The arpeggios evolve and reach up to a higher level. This signifies the start of track two. Merged into one journey, the rhythm of the scaling notes becomes a seedbed for percussion. Tapping drums and jabbing blips build a fluttery and circling array of beats. Gusty under-notes from a battery of pipes and mechanics swell beneath to elevate the sprawling soundscape. Crumbling Dusk builds and flows as rhythm and tone create a spectrum of musical intention.
Azured follows, it yawns open with a shining tone. As this expands into the void, a smooth and accessible rhythm beats forward. Snare and hat combine as a thudding kick injects a moochy tempo. Chiming notes begin to decorate the tempo with a shiny and interlaced with echo serenade. As the music loops, new adjustments lower the amplitude which creates a spacious expanse. The levels climb back up to continue the ambient journey. This comes to an end with a hypnotic sense of dreaminess. Next is a quicker and more punchy number. Two-step drum and clap riffs stand tall among harps which again utilise the arpeggio form. Up and down labyrinths of buoyant sound jostle among up-beat and optimistic drumming. Cut With Dust is laced with energetic synth tones and rhythmic progressions.
Or Aura starts with a buzzing vibrancy which fades into an echo. Huge areas of sound swell and dissipate within curdles of digital spheres of composition. Crawling and stretching monoliths of sonic form lean in with slow and abstract posturing. Abstract drone music with sunny influences holds a moment in time with a clear and perceptive vision. As the drawn out tones shrink into the sky, a beat penetrates the tangible dreamscape. Bouncy rhythms knit a stitch-work of melody and drum which swirls and rotates on neat pinpoints of sound. Marloes Rd twinkles in the street-lit glare of multiple lanterns each one spreading a hazy glow onto tarmac and verge. Twisting ribbons of sound flow from left to right, holding the loops and scale explorations together.
Another cavernous opening marks the intro for Abyssal Skies. Ocean waves roar within cliff-face caves and temporary valleys. A throaty synthesiser melody churns a distinctive dream quality through the murky expanse. Perhaps a nod to Tomorrow's Harvest from Boards of Canada, the eerie and evocative shining progresses into slicing digital beats. Wobbly tones on plucky bells spindle and spark as the progressive rhythms build on foundations of abstract ambience. The album finishes with Matitudinals. Twinkling piano notes dapple the high end as a swelling tone approaches from below. Subtle melody grows from the droning pitch to reveal a warm and harmonious frontage of sound. More high end tones sweep in, shrill yet warm, and invigorate the slowly flowing sound. Calming reflections of synthesiser beam out in radiating shards while gradual rhythms glisten into focus. This lengthy number takes us on an adventure through sound and imagination. It's a great ending to an album that almost feels like the whole thing builds up to this final mix.
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