Out: 19th June
France talent Univers III presents Octogone. MicHell has been instrumental in projects such as Les Fragments de la Nuit, Revok, and Lolito. This new solo work explores a deep and dark sense of atmosphere in which no god or master is respected. Matching the natural frequencies found to be coming from the constellation of Orion, this album defines a passage between the earth and sky. With an album cover designed by Uruguay's Alexandro Nelson Garcia, this astonishing work is set to escape velocity.
A sleek and polysonic tone grows out and up like a huge pipe-organ musing on lost memories. Dismembered curdles with deep resonance and thoughtful drones which mutually hold each other tight as the dreary mood manifests. Quicker arpeggio like motifs then spring from the undergrowth which penetrate with an edgy direction. Waves of strange amplitude join in the middle of the sky as spectral illumination manifests as sound and sweeping searchlights that peer across the land like giant vibratory eyes. Octogone sinks us deep into a state of hypnotic relaxation with the shadows slowly gathering around us.
Particules follows. This features work by Steph G. A silken rise of twinkling tones sparkle in the darkness as a build of piano summons deep and powerful forces. A woodwind calls out through the shaded landscapes with a message of awaiting wonderment. As the composition expands and progresses, subtle energy is used to elevate steps in the story. Next, a humming ambience rises from the nothingness. As it grows, a piercing sense of energy grasps the note and holds it in place. New sonics rumble and manifest within and beyond as suction and flow create rivers of frequency that split into various harmonies. Black Hole is fuelled by abstract and broken synthesiser tones that twirl and sink.
Rounded and shrill tones roll like vibrating cymbals covered in webs and dust. Piano strikes a solitary melody through the haze while awkward and sinister harmonies rise through the film of opaque sound. Where I Landed looks around and absorbs the devastating emptiness that expands in all directions. Organic musings form over digital in a minute tapestry of imaginary sounds. N= -1 perhaps, or maybe it's just the convex nature of existence. Whatever happens in the fundamental realms, the results on the outside are a continually shifting and changing amalgamation of inspiration. Micro Elements builds with orchestral and composed clarity as various tones and sound-effects build a fantastic picture.
Huge and deep piano notes cast devastating magic across the stave. A higher tone begins to pulse in an odd scale which shifts and bends as extra sounds disperse from the body. A distorted guitar plays harmonics into a fizzing cacophony as choral voices rise like hot fog from the night—time tarmac. Somewhere Between Nowhere and Goodbye jostles for space in tight places. It continues with After Moon. Haunting piano splashes over the silence in subtle melodious progression. Minor keys merge with a flow of motion as the composition breaks into outcrops and roots.
Church Of The Latter Day Synths is next. It waltzes into our ears on a slow moving tempo. Harpsichord like notes breeze and blow as if played over pipes, a combination of sounds meet and divulge with each other before dispersing into various room positions. Slow and meaningful melodies work with strange dream-like swirls and gusts that invigorate the flow of feelings. Target is after. A fast and upbeat keyboard melody pulses with rhythmic velocity. Digital beats pulse and strike notes on aspects of progress while stop-start bass rumbles and roils with a degree of intense destination. An updraught of melody begins to cover the pieces with blankets of kinetic sound.
Next is Lost Episode. Cinematic scores of piano strike characterful melodies across a harmony of minor strings which quaver in the tension. Strange and shadow-lined notes step up into amplitude as the next number begins. Progressive steps climb upward as harmonies and chorded melodies chant in repeating lines. The build-up reaches new heights as extra synths cusp the sky with streaks of sound. Exit takes us up and away as drumming punches in the time-code and powers everything up.
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