Tuesday, January 26, 2010

REVIEW: The Seven Fields Of Aphelion - Periphery

8.25 out of 10

I always get excited for side projects, especially when they sound polar opposite to their original band. The Seven Fields Of Aphelion features Black Moth Super Rainbow member Maureen (or "Maux") venturing out on her own for the first time. When listening to "Periphery" it's hard to believe that someone writing music as delicate, mind numbing, and pretty as this would even be in a Freakout/Psych/Electronic Indie band.

When you begin listening to "Periphery" you may be reminded of Boards Of Canada, then William Basinski, Sawako, Brian Eno (Music For Airports era) and a few other Ambient masters. Within "Periphery's" visionary layers of warmth lays comatose inducing theremin-esque sounds, blurbles of low end humming synths, white-washed noises, and a few other sustained delights that place beautiful/Classical piano arrangements underwater, through space, and back to the surface. This is an impressive debut release, as well as quite a resplendent Ambient composition that could easily comfort you and make you feel as if "everything is all right".

Good sleepy-time music. I really can't say "pretty and relaxing" enough when describing The Seven Fields Of Aphelion. Press play, sit back, melt, become numb, and then become sad (because the music has to end eventually). I love when albums have enough enticing tranquility to make you feel immobile/paralyzed. Recommended.

Standout Tracks: Do I have to pick? Rrrr, ummm; Slow Subtraction, Grown, Pale Prophecy, Saturation : Arrhythmia, Starlight Aquatic

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