With his album “Cracks in the Air”, Javi Cánovas attempts to express feelings about very abstracts things that are hard to describe, along reflections about the apparent inconsistency about them as well.
Sonically, it all feels like a journey through time and space, offering both slow and slightly faster paced passages with the persistent, unhurried mood and calmness of an ambient album throughout. On most of the ten tracks, you’ll look in vain for any rhythms or sequencing. Instead, an ebb and flow of free form synth textures washes ashore, leaving a pastoral, slightly melancholic scent on certain spots, but profound remoteness and chilliness shines though even more.
Things shift to an intimate sound design on the heart-warming, beautifully rendered “The Structure of Illusion”, which also features some fine, quieting electric guitar strings.“Paranoid Voice” and (the bit harsher-sounding) “Memory Dismantled” following next create a rather uncanny, spooky but not unpleasant soundcape, turning inward in a kind of “Mirage”-like sense.
A lighter tone emerges as tasty sequencers take off on the short but airy title track. Things stay in the reflective, eclectic mode on the 8-minute “Aevum”, again radiating a lonely feeling before the albums winds down with the searching and abstract soundscapes of “Ultimate Nature of Mirage”.
All in all, “Cracks in the Air” is neither uplifting nor an easy recording, fitting to the character of forthcoming darker days and months.
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