Sonic Immersion - A Review by Bert Strolenberg
"Beleaguered Blossoms" contains 11 forgotten artifacts from Mr Bone’s
archive. They’ve been composed between 1993-2009, and most of them are
soundtracks from various film and video projects.
Mr Bone’s versatile
compositions walk the edge of combining the abstract with contemporary
electronica. His music steps out of the ordinary, transforms into unusual shapes
and spheres, the latter ranging from hypnotizing and a bit forboding to free
form compositions with quirky elements occasionally lurking underneath. An
example of the latter is found in "Rejected Robot Seeks Same", while
Richard is heard more playful on e.g. "October World".
focussed attention, one can also learn where certain tracks fit in in the
Bone-timeline: "Sombra" e.g. was layed down during the "Electropica"
sessions, the style of both "Love Song For An Old Soul" and "Adrift" reflect
they were recorded somewhere between the albums "The Spectral Ships" and
"Etherdome". On "100 Hills of Sukha", Richard recalls it to be written
during the sessions that became "Ascensionism".
For me, the best
track on the album is the 7-minute "Desmoria", creating a nice balanced
mood and sonic environment.
Although downloadable at many online digital
outlets, the actual "Beleaguered Blossoms" cd booklet includes instructions for
accessing free bonus material consisting of music, video, detailed track
information and photography.