For their second album, 33 Tetragammon (aka Wasili Papadopoulos) and Human Metronome (aka Eelke van Hoof) worked more closely together in composing the songs, meaning tracks were intensely exchanged so the other person could add his own flavour.
The actual idea for the release “Spectral Solitude”, of which the music “has the ability to open up consciousness and impart healing on the listener”, was inspired by the nature found in the direct surroundings of the Dutch city of Eindhoven, where both musicians live.
To achieve this outcome, Wasili and Eelke applied lots of ‘field recordings’ and ‘physical modelling’ (using soft synth) to get a natural, non-digital sound, next to using metallic percussion, gongs, drones and singing bowls. The latter were used as they reflect the musicians personal fascination and connection to ancient cultures and their link to the cosmos.
To me it seems the content of “Spectral Solitude” has lots to do with creating moods and intrinsic atmospheres and much less with music. The second track for example is just pure, barely changing ambience to my ears. The fourth track though, a long introspective piece of almost 20 minutes bringing the album to an end, slowly roams nicely in Steve Roach territory.
“Spectral Solitude” can be used as guided meditation, for sleeping, or just as quiet background companion music, best played and nourished as a whole.
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