No Mask Effect
We are dropped into the lonely zone with this spacey and far reaching minimalist release. Atmospheres of tranquil emptiness reverberate with the inner self talk of sound and manufactured noise. The slow and drawn out progressions entice a reclining listening position, and give plenty of space for the mind to add its own interpretations over the top of what's already there.
Being the founder of the Psychonavigation label, Keith Downey, aka No Mask Effect is a busy man, so appreciating the epic and storyfull landscapes of experimental sound and ambient music takes a new level of depth. Tracing the atmospheres to particular phrases is hard, as the ever changing and gradually shifting ambience reveals little but a slight prompting for mental exploration. Much like looking at the sun, it's hard to see the source but its light brings everything else to life.
Ten generous tracks make up this landmark release, and they fit together like a relaxing jigsaw that has curves instead of plugs and sockets. The track titles give us insight into what occupies the mindset of this sound sculptor and atmosphere infuser. Psychonavigation being track two gives the impression that N.M.E. Is asking himself what this entails and perhaps attempting to inspire the act of it with the summoning of spiritual and electronically enhanced breaths of sonic mystery.
Towards the end of the release the reverberated sounds of a train station platform almost remind us that we are on Earth, and give us the journey home in a helpful visual jostle. Listening to the sounds of familiar machinery and the distorted muffles of an announcer gives a human tether that slowly brings us back like a hot air balloon.
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Rowan Blair Colver for the Homunculus Media Group
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