Shall Remain Nameless
TBR: 11th October
The secretive and alluring electronica project Shall Remain Nameless is about to release their third album. Earth, Texas is a concept based on the small town in the state named after our beautiful planet. When discovering of its existence, Shall Remain Nameless decided to imaginatively explore then knit together sensations, stories, and motivations which can be expressed through ambient music. Dedicating an entire work to this mysterious yet entirely accessible location allows track titles to point to various Earth, Texas based themes and information. Although unclear from first glance, I’m sure it will be fun to go and find out exactly what they all pertain to.
The album begins with 79031. An eerie wave of deep background provides an undercoat to the initial blank canvas. A vocal sample of a political sounding statement echoes over the base tone like a ghostly reminder of the flying times. Melodic wind synths bring an airy sensation which radiates as if illuminated by some inner core. As amplitudes increase, more sample gives that in touch with the past quality which draws the listener in. Resonating and reverberating sounds mix and mingle as if a body of birds in the blue Texan sky. Oddly disorientating yet warm and effortless, the music opens into wide fields and large gentle horizons. Bright Morning Star brings the feeling into ever increasing luminosity.
Uranium On The Moon takes a step down from the cosmic heavens, although perhaps not on this Earth entirely, the view is still fantastic. We’re given depth as metallic sounds and electronic feedback weave delicate tapestries of sound among strange and occasionally organic musical additions. A keyboard melody strikes the backbone of 299 792 458 m s, it revolves like a vinyl record hammering home the notes in a catching and mood building way. As pressure builds around the sound in adjoining walls of compression and volume, sections of the wave-form spill over and create interesting edges. Whispered vocal samples tread carefully between the cracks in the sound and they’re soon joined by more melody which works to dismantle the initial multi-tonal chime.
1109 sounds a distant horn from mist sheathed mountains as clattering percussion mimics the sounds of life close by. As the far-off melody gradually builds, crackles and distortions flood the mix in a slow and rising tide. Computerised ambience drifts across like synthetic clouds, coloured and shaped to perfectly resemble the dream. Angelic emotions craft a mysterious journey across the backdrop of infused notes. Subtle and relaxing greets the jigsaw like quality with the odd electronic distortion that makes it seem strangely more real. A guitar plucks, the music drifts in solitude, Blue Cloud Project spins off into vortices of abstract space.
A trill stitches two track together, Blackwater Draw opens with a siren like tapping of high-pitched notes. Although not intrusive or alarming their direction seems like a tangent from the so far slouching and dreamy mood. Perking up a little, if only to reveal more interesting and mind seeding synthesiser tones which harmonise and dance with the motions of the track. A mammoth number at twelve minutes long, it dwarfs the other offerings in its spatial dimensions. As it progresses, more layers of tone and electronic melody are gently laid on top of one another. Homeward Bound and Hyatt Earth end the album, a graceful and elegant ascent into the realms of the music collection will follow.
This experimental yet entirely accessible work of art explores not only the destination of Earth, Texas but the interesting and evocative sensations brought together by carefully selected and positioned sounds. For ambient and abstractica fans this album really is something to take home.
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Watch this video of Untitled III from Shall Remain Nameless's second album Untitled.
You can find all music by Shall Remain Namesless on Bandcamp.
Also, connect with Shall Remain Nameless on Soundcloud
Rowan Blair Colver for the Homunculus Media Group
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