The Monthly Aspectarian - A
THE SPECTRAL SHIPS
East coaster Richard Bone travels cross
continent to hook up with the west coast based
Hypnos label and his first foray into what is best
described as minimal ambiance. We've heard and
appreciated his more energetic side on his
previous self released Quirkworks titles, but
, Mr. Bone guides us to new musical territories.
You'll find yourself floating along, cloud-like,
on a consistent mix of soothing, cascading synth
washes. Nine original compositions that rival the
best of early Eno or Budd. Electronic music in its
most minimal sense. We especially appreciate the
occasional voice samples on the opening and
closing tracks. Also, check out the brooding,
underwater feeling of the mysterious "Nocturna"
offering. The album's closing "Ephemera"
composition, with its spatial, translucent
darkness is perhaps the strongest of the entire
recording. A spacemusic classic.