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Review: Spheres – Phantom Ship

Phantom Ship is a Dark Ambient music project of Roberto Faloci from Italy. The magnificent music of Phantom Ship’s Spheres is absolutely superb, a masterpiece from a master artist, like a combination of fine wine and dark space opera. The album’s intro, fittingly titled “Intro” is a hauntingly sad but beautiful piece played on piano. If you have any shred of humanity left in you, this track will touch your soul.

“Orbiting Ion Spheres” is ethereal and inspiring, an intricate piece that is frightening, trippy, and yet somehow spiritual. “Warp 7” features clips of astronauts communicating with ground control like disembodied voices of the dead that only Major Tom can hear somewhere out there in the deepest reaches of space.

The focal point of the album leads to “Plasma Core”, a droning dreamlike wonderland of ambient sound. “Chakras Chant” combines eerie voices with bell chimes and other sounds to create a cosmic enlightenment type of atmosphere reminiscent of Jon Foxx’s Cathedral Oceans.

“Cygnus” is a slow persistent march towards infinity that doesn’t end so much as it fades away like a ghost that no longer inhabits a dwelling.

Spheres is absolutely brilliant, the kind of music that is both beautiful and tortured at the same time, like a genius writing music for someone or something he that he longs for and can never have again. The evocatively chilling album is both superb in its execution and amazing in its ability to create somber otherworldly atmospheres.

 

https://phantomship.bandcamp.com/

by: Leo Zaccari

Review of Music From an Undisclosed Location from Bedtime for Robots by Leo Zaccari

Music From An Undisclosed Location is the recent release (Oct 2015) from Bedtime for Robots, the brainchild of former Love in Reverse frontman, Michael Ferentino. The album is chock full of uncanny goodness from classic rock influences to horror soundtracks of the 70s and 80s.

The album begins with “Oct 5” which can be described as Carpenteresque, as it evokes the music of director and musician John Carpenter, most notably his earlier work like Assault on Precinct 13. One thing is certain; whatever happened on October 5th wasn’t good.

“El Diablo Gutiarra” sounds very much like it belongs on Joe Satriani’s Surfing with the Alien except it’s not an alien at all, but a psychotic reanimated corpse and we’re running like hell because it wants to eat us alive. “Motorcycle Death Song (Tampa Chainsaw Remix)” communicates a sense of urgency and has the feel of a death defying chase scene on a crowded highway. Please keep your hands and feet inside the vehicle at all times.

The album shifts gears often with the eerie, atmospheric “Missing Face” and the stunning melodic “Before”, setting you up for the album’s crown jewel, “A Field of Fireflies”. This is a track that you need to listen to over and over again, as you’ll hear subtle things that you missed the first time around. “A Field of Fireflies” is split into three parts. The first part is a tribal kind of spiritual piece effortlessly giving way to a beautiful acoustic piece that sounds like it could have come from an old Love in Reverse album, juxtaposed with the sinister sound of echoes that resemble an alarm that finally overwhelm the guitar like weeds choking a flower. The third and final piece beautifully recalls the work of King Crimson’s “Matte Kudesi”

“Prong” is a straight up sinister tour de force that sounds like a score from an 80s slasher flick. “Pumpkinfist” continues the horror soundtrack feel with a menacing tone that feels like it could fit right into Scott Derrickson’s Sinister. “Faust” contains an ominous guitar amidst various sound effects, paving the way for “Turn Down the Sky”, which ends the album with some atmospheric synth.

Music From an Undisclosed Location is a celebration of horror at its best. It’s at times creepy, beautiful, and pulse pounding, and at the heart of it all, it’s downright fun. Savor this album and be sure to crank it up to 11.

So just where is this undisclosed location? It might be Ferentino’s own personal underground bunker where his warped brain churns out Lovecraftian music the way some people binge watch television programs. Or perhaps it’s the crypt of a long dead druid who practiced ritual sacrifice? It might even be all of these at once. Or maybe we’re not meant to know. Maybe it’s someplace frightening that you don’t want to visit. Not in the dark. Not alone.

Not ever.

 

https://bedtimeforrobots.bandcamp.com/album/music-from-an-undisclosed-location

Review of Orbit Beyond from Dawn Tuesday by Leo Zaccari

Orbit Beyond from Alaskan native Dawn Tuesday, is not just a music track, it’s an all encompassing musical quest unlike anything you’ve experienced before. Its so intense that you should be required to fill out a stack of disclaimers before listening, but luckily for us, you don’t need to waste any time with boring paperwork. While Phil Spector pioneered his “wall of sound”, Dawn Tuesday immerses you in an entire “world of sound”. Categorized as drone or ambient sound, Orbit Beyond also contains elements of experimental electronic, dark ambient, industrial, and esoteric.

Spanning a colossal forty minutes, Orbit Beyond will take you on a musical journey that will leave you spellbound. Unrelenting synthesizers capture your imagination and take you to far off realms of the surreal and fantastic. Imagine being trapped in a forty minute loop of intense sensory deprivation; a literal whiteout of the senses, but without all the icky insanity associated with that type of thing. That’s the genius that is Orbit Beyond.  It sounds like something that was literally created in another dimension by menacing space gods intent on overwhelming your senses, controlling your brain, and leaving you in thrall to their cosmic powers, but in a good way. It’s all at once mind bendingly trippy and menacing, and yet accessible enough to listen to on your device of choice in the solitude of your own home (please see above paragraph about disclaimers). This is clearly music for the music lover crafted with care by a music lover.

Dawn Tuesday is a native of Kodiak, Alaska, who makes electronic music (and yes, that’s her real name). You can find more of her atmospheric dark ambient music such as False Color, Souls Troubled, and Above Clouds, here: https://soundcloud.com/dawntuesday.

Orbit Beyond: https://dawntuesday.bandcamp.com/album/orbit-beyond