Music Reviews

Artist: Mario Grönnert and Commonsen5e (@)
Title: Nightmares and Dreamscapes: Silhouettes of Urbia
Format: CD
Label: Audiokult Music Group (@)
Rated: *****
This is a collaboration between German musician Mario Grönnert and Mason Metcalf, a Portland based artist who records under the name Commonsen5e. I was unfamiliar with both of these artists, had no press sheet, and the website seemed to have trouble, so let’s just put the CD on and see what happens. “Breathing in the Ash” starts us off with spacey ambient with a mournful feel that gets increasingly intense as it progresses. At around 10 minutes in, it adds a clavier and tectonic shifts of bass rumbling with slow moving synth drone and bits of static to break it all up. “Sky Full of Crows” is an exercise in contrast with brooding bass rumbles and high pitched synth work. “Station 17” is a short track of dreamy drone with factory noise built into the composition. “Journeys Calling” is a peaceful, simple piano composition reminiscent of Harold Budd with some low end rumbling that simmers just beneath the surface before coming to the foreground toward the end. “Through Midnight Fallen Lands” is a dreamy soundscape that would be quite at home as backing music for a Cocteau Twins song; “A Radiance” is similar, but with more of a piano and dreamscape vide. Finally, “The world Rewinded” is dancier, noisier, and more ominous, while keeping the piano as contrast. Well done. This album weighs in at around 53 minutes.

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