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MA JA LE & JAMES JOHNSON - Live Under a Harvest Moon (cd-r)

 
MAGIC SOUND FABRIC - Uplift Drift (cd)

 
MAGNETRON - Photonic Waves (CD-r/Digital Download)

 
MARK MAHONEY - If Dreams were Clouds (cd-r)

 
MAITREYA - .74 (cd)

 
MAITREYA - From the Mothership (cd)

 
MAITREYA - Telluric Waves (cd)

 
MAKO - Forms of Life (cd)

 
MAKO - In Other Regions (lp)

 
MAKO - Meeting with the Sea (lp)

 
MANK - Awen (Digital Download)

 
MANK - Gutta-Percha (Digital Download)

 
MANK - Isbjorn (cd-r)

 
MANK - Solipsism (Digital Download)

 
MANTARAY - Numinous Island (cd)

 
MARA'S TORMENT - MT96061 (cd-r)

 
MARCOMé - Seven Seas (cd/digital download)

 
MARCONI UNION - A Lost Connection (cd-r)

 
JON MARK - A Celtic Story (cd)

 
JON MARK - Alhambra (cd)

 
JON MARK - Land of Merlin (cd)

 
JON MARK - The Standing Stones of Callanish (cd)

 
MARSEN JULES - Nostalgia (CD/Digital Download)

 
DEBORAH MARTIN & CHERYL GALLAGHER - Tibet (cd)

 
DEBORAH MARTIN & ERIK WøLLO - Between Worlds (cd)

 
DEBORAH MARTIN & J. ARIF VERNER - Anno Domini (cd)

 
DEBORAH MARTIN - Deep Roots, Hidden Water (remastered) (cd)

 
DEBORAH MARTIN - Eye of the Wizard (CD/Digital Download)

 
DEBORAH MARTIN - Under the Moon (CD/Digital Download)

 
MARTIN/KLAMT/ROWND - Convergence (cd)

 
MASSERGY - A Novel Sense of Calm (Digital Download)

 
DAVID MICHAEL MATUCH - Before Reality (cd)

 
MAX VAN RICHTER - Portal (Digital Download EP)

 
MAZMONETH - Music by Mirrors (cd)

 
MICHAEL MEARA - Abstractus Somnarium: Deep Space Meditations (cd-r)

 
MICHAEL MEARA - Contemplation 1: Void in Form (Digital Download)

 
MICHAEL MEARA - Frost (Digital Download)

 
MICHAEL MEARA - The Last Days of Autumn (cd-r)

 
MICHAEL MEARA - Timeworn (Digital Download)

 
MICHAEL MEARA - To Resonate & Glow (Digital Download)

 
MICHAEL MEARA - Zymal (Digital Download)

 
MEGABYTE - Powerplay (cd)

 
MEGATONE - Pure Land (cd-r)

 
MEMORY GEIST - Benthos (Digital Download)

 
MEMORY GEIST - Funereal Cavern (cd)

 
MARK MERCURY - Music from the Cycles of Spheres (cd)

 
MARK MERCURY - Music of the Domes (cd)

 
MARK MERCURY - The Art of Space (CD)

 
PETER MERGENER & KLAUS HOFFMANN-HOOCK - Visions of Asia (cd)

 
PETER MERGENER - Creatures (cd)

 
PETER MERGENER - Creatures 2020 (CD/Digital Download)

 
PETER MERGENER - Passage in Time (cd)

 
PETER MERGENER - Phonetic Society (cd)

 
PETER MERGENER - Take Off (cd)

 
CLAUDIO MERLINI - The Colours of Music (cd)

 
BYRON METCALF, DASHMESH KHALSA & STEVE ROACH - Dream Tracker (cd)

 
BYRON METCALF, MARK SELIG & STEVE ROACH - Nada Terma (cd)

 
ROBERT BEAU MICHAELS - Dance of Ecstasy – Dance Music to free the spirit (cd-r)

 
ROBERT BEAU MICHAELS - Radio Cosmos - Music From Out of This World (Digital Download)

 
ROBERT BEAU MICHAELS - The Wasteland -music for an apocalyptic world- (cd-r)

 
ROBERT BEAU MICHAELS - Zero Point –Music to Disappear in- (cd-r)

 
PETER MILLER - The Violet Flame (CD)

 
RICK MILLER - Starsong (Mc/CD-r/Digital Download)

 
MIND OVER MATTER - Indian Meditation (cd)

 
MIND OVER MATTER - Indian Meditation II (cd)

 
MIND OVER MATTER - On the Wings of the Wind (cd)

 
MINDGLIDE - Down the Light (Digital Download)

 
MINDGLIDE - Radiance (Digital Download)

 
MINDGLIDE - Tangent (Digital Download)

 
THE MINISTRY OF INSIDE THINGS - Contact Point (cd)

 
THE MINISTRY OF INSIDE THINGS - Everlasting Moment (cd)

 
MIRRORED MERIDIAN - A Sense of Wonder Vols 1 & 2 (cd-r/Digital download)

 
MIRRORED MERIDIAN - Heliolatry (cd-r/Digital Download)

 
MISTER VAPOR VS ALTUS - Falling Out Of Orbit (cd-r)

 
ARNOLD MITCHEM - Desert Dreams (cd)

 
MODULARWHITE - Alpa (cd)

 
MODULARWHITE - Canada (cd-r)

 
MON0 - Monolith (Digital Download)

 
MON0 - Monolog (Digital Download)

 
MON0 - Multifidus (cd-r)

 
MON0 - Proficisci (cd-r)

 
MONOLAKE - HongKong (cd)

 
MOONBOOTER - Cosmoclimax (cd)

 
MOONBOOTER - Cosmologica (cd)

 
MOONBOOTER - Cosmophonica (CD-r/Digital Download)

 
MOONBOOTER - Orbit Number 2 (cd-r)

 
MOONBOOTER - World of Apes 1 (cd)

 
MOONBOOTER - World of Apes 2 (cd-r/Digital Download)

 
MOONBOOTER - Zeitenwende (cd-r/Digital Download)

 
MOONSATELLITE - Dark Summer (CD-r/Digital Download)

 
MOONSATELLITE - Earth Gravity (cd-r)

 
MOONSATELLITE - Low Life (cd-r)

 
MOONSATELLITE - Missing Time (cd)

 
MOONSATELLITE - Sequencer I (cd-r)

 
MOONSATELLITE - Sessions (Digital Download)

 
MOONSATELLITE - Unendlich Sequenzer, Sequenzer Vol. 2 (cd-r)

 
MOONSATELLITE - Whispers of the Moon (CD-r)

 
STEVE MOORE - Light Echoes (cd/Digital Download)

 
MORPHEUSZ - Days of Delerium & Nocturnal Nightmares (Chapter O (cd)

 
MORPHEUSZ - Garden Gnomes & Goblins (cd)

 
MORPHEUSZ - Tantalizing Thoughts at the Dawn of Dreams (Chapte (cd)

 
SHANE MORRIS & MYSTIFIED - Emergence (CD/Digital Download)

 
SHANE MORRIS & MYSTIFIED - Epoch (CD/Digital Download)

 
SHANE MORRIS & MYSTIFIED - Evolution (CD/Digital Download)

 
JAMES MURRAY - Eyes to the Height (CD/Digital Download)

 
JAMES MURRAY - Where Edges Meet (cd)

 
MYSTICAL SUN - Primordial Atmospheres (cd)

 
MYTHOS - Gallery Concerts (cd)

 
MYTHOS - Grand Prix (cd)

 
MYTHOS - Surround Sound Offensive (cd)

 
MYTHOS - Unabsteigbar! (cd-r)


MASSERGY
A Novel Sense of Calm
DIGITAL DOWNLOAD, Relaxed Machinery, 2015
Massergy is an ambient project of Texas-based self-taught musician Eric Jensen who made his live debut at Finland’s Ambient Music Conference in June 2014, where he also launched his album "Beautiful Narcosis".

Listening to the 87-minute "With A Novel Sense of Calm" with a pair of quality headphones proves an emotive and truly revelatory experience. Similar to the album mentioned previously, this music also is a tribute to the composer’s younger brother (an electronic musician who was killed in 2002) meant as a guidebook for traveling in the hereafter and a soundtrack to the lucid dreams he shared with him.

Employing no sequencers, loops or stretchers and being composed nocturnally improvised and recorded in an undisclosed nature preserve in a year’s time, the hovering sonic blanket is loaded with rich tonalities along repetitive and melodic arrangements featuring bold tones and warm textures. Despite the slightly blurry, distorted and resonant sound design that is his distinct trademark, Massergy offers multiple introspective vistas to transcendental and hypnotizing effect as the immersive ride evolves and unfolds slowly.


Beside an ethereal flavor, there’s always an earthy cornerstone present in the detailed, soft sparkling and shimmering outcome meant to assist on the journey beyond. A profound track like "Dust Affinity" displays this beautifully and most sincere, then meticulously shifting to a positive, almost celebratory feel gracing the gently rhythmic-paced "Reed Fields Eternal" and evocative title piece subtly. This approach is also effective when applied to a shorter exercise such as "M119", which is dressed with beautiful vintage textures. And while this is not saddening music, a slight melancholic slumber can always be sensed throughout the album, especially on "A Venial Son" and "Never Perhaps" that draw the album to a most intriguing end.

The mesmerizing "With A Novel Sense of Calm" is a highly recommended album for any ambient aficionado. Very well done, Eric!

Website: www.soundcloud.com/massergy

© Bert Strolenberg

 
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