After "The Architecture of Melancholy", Peter BjÃ¤rgÃ¶ return with the Arcana moniker with an album of pure beauty.
"Somnolence" is a quiet opener based on a sad piano line while "As The End Draws Near", the first proper track of the album, hipnotize the listener with the two vocal lines above the solemn soundscape. "Inceptus" returns to meditative territories similar to the one already seen in his solo adventure. "Medea" is filled with echoes of what it seems the tradition of his country with the use of an ethereal female voice, sadly enough I am not able to understand if it's the voice of Cecilia BjÃ¤rgÃ¶ or Annmari Thin (they are not credited on song base). "Leave Me Be" is another solemn track while "Infinity" relies on an interesting beat similar to the ones used by Dead Can Dance in their discography. "In Memoriam" is another ethereal track where the traditional sound palette is colored by the female chant while "The Fading Shadow", because features Peter's voice, is more solemn as is the titletrack. "Vinter" closes this release with an instrumental track based on a piano line as the first.
As it's true that Dead Can Dance could be an obvious musical reference as it's clear the musical influence exerted on this album, it's also cristalline that it's beautifully written. Almost amazing.