Octopus/Movement - A Review by Laurent
The Russian label "Electroshock
Records" has, until now, given us attractive confrontations between orchestral
and electro-acoustic music. With Richard Bone's new album "Indium", it broadens
its scope of exploration to atmospheric ambiences. This is a meeting of
American-Soviet influences, and more particularly the all-out opening of
a new musical frontier.
The new project by American
composer Richard Bone is a penetrating exercise in musical weightlessness.
On this occasion, "Electroshock Records" wanders a bit from its usual
aspirations, and replaces its usual style (of joining orchestral contemporary
and electro-acoustic music) for a modernized approach at relaxing resonances
of ambient music that from time to time come close to New Age.
A recognized artist in this
genre, and among other things founder of the "Quirkworks Laboratory Discs"
label, Richard Bone shares similar musical inclinations as some artists on
the "Hearts Of Space" label, such as Steve Roach. The musical style is deep
and luxurious, with faint layering and structured resonances rather than
heavy and dense. The atmospheres are equally progressive and mellow, but
the harmony that follows varies enough to break up the face of tranquility.
Sparse piano notes resound finely on the sonic walls of the surface releasing
lovely harmonic nuances ("In A Space Between Marigolds", "Jasminia"), and
then return the darker atmospheres, machinery noises that hauntingly come
from the main title. A musical universe of controlled mischief, it will delight
in keeping you interested.
Reviewed by Laurent Catala ("Octopus/Movement"
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