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Artist: Ephemeral Mists (@)
Title: Moon Ritual
Format: CD
Label: Mythical Records (@)
Rated: *****
According to the label, Ephemeral Mists "combines the best parts of the musical idioms of both contemporary electronic ambient music and the ancient, traditional musical landscapes of the middle east." Fair enough. Ephemeral Mists throws down some interesting ethno-ambient. As far as comparisons go, some include Loop Guru, Enigma, Deep Forest, and older Delerium (Karma, for example). The album opens on a weak note; "Awakeing Spirits" sounds much like every other world music album, complete with female chanting/moaning and "Eastern Channels" sounds like something straight off Delerium’s "Semantic Spaces." It really isn’t until "Transcendental Visions" that Ephemeral Mists seems to find their own voice. This track is a slow dirge with percussion that has a melancholy feel. For me, the standout track is "Where the Wind is Born," which has a good amount of variety and is a bit darker than some of the other material on the album. This is, for me, the most engaging track on the album. Overall, it isn’t bad, but I can’t shake the feeling that I have heard much of this 10 years ago. This album weighs in at 49 minutes.



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