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E-MUSIKGRUPPE LUX OHR - Kometenbahn (Lp)

 
E-MUSIKGRUPPE LUX OHR - Spiralo (Lp/Digital Download)

 
E-MUSIKGRUPPE LUX OHR - Tonwald (MC/Digital Download)

 
E=MOTION - Infinite Motion (cd-r)

 
EARTHSTAR - French Skyline (Lp/cd)

 
TOM EATON - IndeSterren (Into the Stars) (CD/Digital Download)

 
JOOST EGELIE - Particles (Digital Download)

 
BRYAN EL - Out Of This World (cd-r)

 
ELECTRONIC SOUND PROJECT (ESP) - The Chernobyl Disaster (Digital Download)

 
ELEKTRIC MUSIC - Esperanto (cd)

 
ELEKTRONISCHE MASCHINE - Kampf Maschine (cd)

 
ELEMENTAL JOURNEY - Absolute Ambient Volume 2 (CD)

 
THE ELF MACHINE & VIR UNIS - Tokyo Highway (cd-r/Digital Download)

 
KEN ELKINSON - Music for Commuting Volumes 1-6 (cd)

 
JOHN ELLIS - Wabi Sabi 21© (cd-r)

 
PAUL ELLIS - Breathing Space (Digital Download)

 
PAUL ELLIS - Dark Machine Generation (Digital Download)

 
PAUL ELLIS - From Out Of The Vast Comes Nearness (cd)

 
PAUL ELLIS - I Am Here (CD/Digital Download)

 
PAUL ELLIS - Last Hiding Place of Beauty (cd)

 
PAUL ELLIS - Listen Silent (Digital Download)

 
PAUL ELLIS - Moth in Flames (CD/Digital Download)

 
PAUL ELLIS - Wrapped in Silence (Digital Download)

 
ELVE - Emerald (cd)

 
EMERALD WEB - Nocturne/Lights of the Ivory Plain (cd)

 
EMERGE - Desecrate (cd-r/digital download)

 
EMERGENCE MUSIC - EveryOne 432 (cd)

 
GERT EMMENS & CADENCED HAVEN - Life in Cosmic Highway (cd)

 
GERT EMMENS & CADENCED HAVEN - Mystic Dawn (cd/Digital Download)

 
GERT EMMENS & RUUD HEIJ - Echoes from Future Memories (CD/Digital Download)

 
GERT EMMENS & RUUD HEIJ - Journey (cd/Digital Download)

 
GERT EMMENS & RUUD HEIJ - Lost in the Swamp (CD/Digital Download)

 
GERT EMMENS & RUUD HEIJ - Signs (cd/Digital Download)

 
GERT EMMENS & RUUD HEIJ - Silent Witnesses of Industrial Landscapes (cd/Digital Download)

 
GERT EMMENS & RUUD HEIJ - The Sculpture Garden (cd/Digital Download)

 
GERT EMMENS & RUUD HEIJ - Urban Decay (CD/Digital Download)

 
GERT EMMENS - A Boy's World (cd)

 
GERT EMMENS - An Artist’s Stroke (cd)

 
GERT EMMENS - Metamorphosis (cd)

 
GERT EMMENS - Outland (CD)

 
GERT EMMENS - The Day After (cd/digital download)

 
GERT EMMENS - The Last Alien (cd)

 
GERT EMMENS - The Nearest Faraway Place Vol. 1 (cd)

 
GERT EMMENS - The Nearest Faraway Place Vol. 2 (cd)

 
GERT EMMENS - The Nearest Faraway Place Vol. 3 (cd)

 
GERT EMMENS - Triza (cd)

 
ENH - Body of Blue (cd)

 
BRIAN ENO - Ambient #1: Music for Airports (cd)

 
BRIAN ENO - Ambient #4: On Land (cd)

 
BRIAN ENO - Lux (CD/LP/Digital Download)

 
BRIAN ENO - Music for Civic Recovery Centre (cd)

 
BRIAN ENO - Reflection (CD/LP/Digital Download)

 
BRIAN ENO - The Shutov Assembly (CD)

 
BRIAN ENO - Thursday Afternoon (cd)

 
ROGER ENO - Between Tides (lp/cd)

 
ROGER ENO - Voices (cd)

 
ENTERPHASE - Phase One (cd)

 
ENTERPHASE - Solar Promenades (CD/Digital Download)

 
ENTHEOGENIC - Flight of the Urubus (cd)

 
ENYA - Amarantine (CD/Digital Download)

 
ENYA - And Winter Came (cd)

 
EPIPHANY - Mindscapes (cd-r)

 
EPIPHANY - Sonica (cd)

 
STEFAN ERBE & STEVE BALTES - S-thetic (CD/Digital Download)

 
STEFAN ERBE - 2Club Genetica (cd)

 
STEFAN ERBE - Driver (cd)

 
STEFAN ERBE - Selectronique Debussy (CD/Digital Download)

 
STEFAN ERBE - The Sounds of my Comfort'Sone (CD/Digital Download)

 
ERIC G - Conclusion (cd)

 
ERIC G - Visions (cd)

 
EMANUELE ERRANTE - Humus (cd)

 
VAUXIA ERRANTE - Cambrian Spirits (Digital Download)

 
VAUXIA ERRANTE - La Création du Monde (Digital Download EP)

 
VAUXIA ERRANTE - Primigenia (Digital Download)

 
ERREN - FLEISSIG - SCHöTTLER - STEFFEN - Night in Ouddorp (CD)

 
ERREN - FLEISSIG - SCHöTTLER - STEFFEN - Ouddorp Takes (cd/Digital Download)

 
ERREN - FLEISSIG - SCHöTTLER - STEFFEN - Ouddorp Tapes (CD-r/Digital Download)

 
ESE- ENTHEOGENIC SOUND EXPLORERS - The Other Door (cd-r)

 
ROB ESSERS - A Lizards Walk (cd)

 
ROB ESSERS - Raincolors (cd)

 
ETERNALKEYS - EternalKeys 2 (Digital Download)

 
ETHEREAL 77 - Landscapes (cd)

 
ETHERFYSH - Psyquarium (cd-r)

 
ETHERNET - Tanuki Dream (cd)

 
EVAN MARC - Emotional Ecology (cd)

 
EVAN MARC & STEVE HILLAGE - Dreamtime Submersible (cd)

 
EXPOSED - Dive Master 08 (cd-r)

 
EXUVIAE - Intrinsic Luminance (Digital Download)

 
EXUVIAE - Response (cd-r)

 
EXUVIAE - Settling Density (cd-r)

 
EXUVIAE - The Sum of Zero (Digital Download)

 
EXUVIAE - The White Underneath (cd-r)

 
EYES CAST DOWN - The Seperate Ones (CD-r)


EYES CAST DOWN
The Seperate Ones
CD-R, Kalindi Music, 2013
The sole musician behind Eyes Cast Down is US-based ambient/electronic composer, musician and writer Greg Moorcroft. "The Separate Ones" (that demanded seven years of hard work to complete as life got in the way on many occasions during the process of creation and sculpting) is a concept album featuring a set of reflections on attachment, separation and loss. This automatically made me think of Paul Sauvanet’s "Tristesse", along with an album by Boris Lelong (that I reviewed a while back), who also appears to have provided the artwork for "The Separate Ones".

Work started with lots of trial and error of ambient improvisation and composition for which Greg stuck to synths only for about two years. Next, he decided to try his hand at composing for electric guitar. This turned out more effectively and satisfying, eventually leading to four guitar-driven works on a total of six compositions.

The 73-minute "The Separate Ones" features airy, drifting and lush textural worlds along gentle loops that now and then bring the older releases of Jeff Pearce to mind. Moreover, it’s an entrance into a slowly curling and flowing world of contemplation and inner thoughts despite a constant undercurrent of movement. Things go even deeper on the 17-minute "Knife of Karma", where drifting pads, Tibetan drone chimes and soft bells run the celestial edge.

This moody sphere continues on the elevating "Expanse of Heart", on which a heavenly female voice joins the gentle soundscapes. The 21-minute "Like a Riven Cloud" is the longest take on the album, entering a spacious dream sphere with soft mourning and wavering violin. But as the track progresses, a surreal/psychedelic world opens up as well, something that’s also found in the final piece "Radha’s Tears".

All in all, "The Separate Ones" is a peculiar but also fascinating ambient album needing a couple of spins before one can judge its real sonic impact.

Website: www.eyescastdown.com

© Bert Strolenberg

 
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