I think it always great and exciting to see people step out of the ordinary and do something different. The latter applies to “Signs” (a concept album inspired by large radio telescopes) by the Dutch duo Gert Emmens and Ruud Heij, who decided to do a full ambient release despite the risk it not being accepted/liked by their regular fan base.
Well, their confidence is very reassuring and has paid off as there’s some soft glowing, overtly mysterious morphing textural electronic music with occasional e-guitar licks on this release, most emotive and seductive as it unfolds and curls wave after wave.
Both composers have put their heart and soul into the core of cinematic sounds making up their seventh collaborative effort, revealing lots of detail and many mesmerizing undercurrents in each of the five meticulously crafted compositions as the 70-minute ambient journey evolves gently and full of elegance without becoming soft or predictable. I for one feel the deeper, even more adventurous levels along the feeling of being “out there” are explored even more intense on the second half of the album, starting with “From Beyond”.
Take a dive into the intriguing sound world of “Signs” if you like to trigger your imagination or want your mind to experience a pleasant night out in higher spheres. A very nice one, guys!
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