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Artist: SiJ & Textere Oris
Title: Reflections under the sky
Format: CD
Label: Cryo Chamber (@)
Rated: *****
This new release from Cryo Chamber is a collaboration between Textere Oris and SiJ which could be classified in the path of the recent releases from this label as it's focused on illustration of musical story where field recordings have a key role. This kind of sounds are used as a way to portray something that could not be seen, an usual technique used in cinema.
The drones of "Near the Dam" open this release in a dialectic relation to small evocative noises. "Behind the window" is based on the development of static tones, rather than proper drones, so it's something closer to a form of meditative music or a blend of ambient and field recordings. The cinematic quality of this music is confirmed by "Lost" where birds' samples, drums and noises generate a movie without images. "In the Rain" is a quiet interlude, based on drones, to the second part of this release. The recording of a snowfall if the skeleton of "First Snow" whose sound evokes that sense or going to sleep evoked also by the bell sparsely heard. While "Ortuo" is focused on a slowly developing drone, "The End" closes this release with a drone acting as a background for a declaiming voice, perhaps from a priest's sermon, prior to the ending heartbeat.
An impressive release as the sound quality makes evident all the nuances of the field recordings and the musical development generates that sense of a story as it references a language close to cinema. Absolutely recommended for fans of this label.



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