This album is the duos second collaborative effort that contains lots of “Wøllo characteristics” if I may say so.
The 11-track release offers mellow, groovy oriented music (marrying the ethereal with nicely paced, sometimes ethno-flavored, rhythms and lush melodies along a few spherical, free form pieces entering ambient/space territory (such as “Echoes of Parlours”). There are even some tasty female vocals/spoken word used (which must be an idea of Mr Wöstheinrich), as on the smooth, quite moving opener “Gales” and the title track. I for one think it strengthens and deepens the intense sonic narrative unfolding on the 63-minute “Weltenuhr” (Worldclock), giving way for reflection.
This certainly applies when the eclectic music turns up the pastoral alley on the emotive “Hallway of Things Past and Lost”. It’s great to feel a sense of release and fulfillment on the last three tracks following thereafter, “Portico” leading the way with its minimalist, gently curling and overtly cinematic current. My compliment also to Lee Fletcher, who was in charge of the album’s excellent mastering.
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