Jos d’Almeida composed the music of “Aether” with the purpose to create some meditative songs that would be able to transmit relaxation. For the album’s music, Jos envisioned and realized a complete spatial sonority while leaving space for arpeggiation and sequencers.
Well, the 71-minute result offers a rich blend of warm pads and dreamy synth textures created from designed sounds as well as a touch of Vangelis, all fitting in the same frame that were layered and/or combined later on. There’s some emotive, tranquil and smooth-sparkling music found on “Aether”, such as “Full of Stars” and “Atlantic Mist”, while the 9-minute “Wolf Rayet 104” takes things into a larger, more epic cosmic expanse with a sense of drama.
Contrary to that, pulsating, sequencer-led electronics make up the vibrant “Tabula Smaragdina”, followed by the melodic, tempo-driven “Where will we arrive….” both found in the centre of the release. Emotive symphonic spaces make up “Angy”, shifting to a livelier, rhythmic-driven sphere on the title track that has a very nice bass line to it. On the final track “Zero”, cosmic environs enter the stage once more with nice sequencer-lines surfacing halfway.
All in all, the excellently mixed, mastered and produced “Aether” makes a compelling, highly recommended listen. Congrats, Jos!
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