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Psychomanteum: Oneironaut

 Posted by Andrea Piran (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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May 16 2011
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Artist: Psychomanteum (@)
Title: Oneironaut
Format: CD
Label: Cyclic Law (@)
Rated: *****
The title of this album means dream (from the greek Oneiro that means dream) traveler. The substance of this record is a meditative drone ambient record made out of a structure of this kind: a bass drone as a canvas where field recordings, small noises and quiet synth lines painting these sonic dreams. The key quality of this album is the musical depth of the layers that reveal clear ideas for the musical direction.
"Ever deepening" opens this album with a deep high drone and field recordings. "Celestial body absent" is an imaginary soundtrack for a sky full of stars. "Inward eyes" is a noisier portrait of fears and nightmares. "Ascension of the subconscious" is a bon voyage with a ethnic influence. "Immum Coeli" is a carefully crafted dreaming soundscape constructed with heavenly synth and a glitchy beat. "Outward vision" close this record with a quite isolationistic dark ambient landscape filled with noises and ethereal synths.
This is an album anchored to the basic fundaments of this genre but is carefully constructed and mastered. A remarkable debut.