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PETE NAMLOOK & TETSU INOUE - Shades of Orion (cd)

 
PETE NAMLOOK & WOLFRAM SPYRA - Virtual Vices (cd)

 
PETE NAMLOOK - Air (CD)

 
LUIS ALBERTO NARANJO - Total Eclipse (cd)

 
NARCOSIS - Narcosis (cd/Digital Download)

 
NATTEFROST - Dying Sun/Scarlet Moon (cd)

 
NATTEFROST - Live in Germany (cd)

 
NATTEFROST - Transformation (cd)

 
NATTEFROST & MATZUMI - From Distant Times (CD)

 
NATURAL FREQUENCIES - Tranquillity in Motion (cd)

 
NAUTIC DEPTHS - North Passage (cd-r)

 
NAUTILUS - In Search of Castaways (cd)

 
NEAR THE PARENTHESIS - L’Eixample (cd)

 
THE NEBULA PROJECT - In Search of Converging Sounds (cd)

 
NEBULOUS - Synthetica III (cd)

 
NEBULæ - The Path of White Clouds (cd)

 
MICHAEL NEIL & GRAHAM GETTY - Retrochet (cd-r)

 
MICHAEL NEIL & GRAHAM GETTY - Retrochet II (cd-r/Digital Download)

 
MICHAEL NEIL & GRAHAM GETTY - Retrochet III (Digital Download)

 
MICHAEL NEIL - Between Sleeping and Waking (cd-r)

 
MICHAEL NEIL - Dies Irae (cd-r)

 
MICHAEL NEIL - For the Record (cd-r)

 
MICHAEL NEIL - Ikons (cd-r)

 
MICHAEL NEIL - In Extremis (cd-r)

 
MICHAEL NEIL - Maisema (cd)

 
MICHAEL NEIL - Moments of Heaven (cd-r)

 
MICHAEL NEIL - Silent Light (cd-r)

 
MICHAEL NEIL - Tapestries (cd-r)

 
MICHAEL NEIL - The Constellations (cd-r)

 
MICHAEL NEIL - The Tempest and other tales (cd-r)

 
JAN NEMEčEK - Through the Planetary Void (cd-r)

 
NEMESIS - 1:4:9 (cd-r)

 
NEMESIS - Gigaherz (cd)

 
NEMESIS - Living Statues (cd)

 
NEMESIS - Trajectory of Sound (Live Archive Vol. 3) (cd-r)

 
NEMESIS - Xenopus (cd)

 
LOREN NERELL & MARK SEELIG - Tree of Life (cd/Digital Download)

 
LOREN NERELL - Slow Dream (CD/Digital Download)

 
LOREN NERELL - Taksu (cd)

 
NEURONIUM - Chromium Echoes (cd)

 
THE NEXION PROJECT - Land of Dreams (cd)

 
HARALD NIES - Dual Systems (cd-r)

 
HARALD NIES - Earthcreator (cd-r)

 
HARALD NIES - Space is Everywhere (cd-r)

 
THE NIGHTCRAWLERS - Travelling Backwards (cd)

 
NIRMANANKAYA - Nirmanakaya (cd)

 
NISUS - Electronic Medication (cd/Digital Download)

 
NODE - Node 2 (cd/Digital Download)

 
NONO ORCHESTRA - Angels Breakin' (cd)

 
PIETER NOOTEN & MICHAEL BROOK - Sleeps with the Fishes (cd)

 
NORD - Berlin (Digital Download)

 
NORTH ATLANTIC DRIFT / NORTHUMBRIA - Split (Digital Download)

 
NORTHCORE - Desatero (CD/Digital Download)

 
NORYANI - Northeast 117 (cd)

 
NORYANI - Southeast 225 (cd)

 
NOSTALGIA - Arcana Publicata Vilescunt (cd)

 
NOSTALGIA - The House on the Borderland (cd)

 
NOTHING BUT NOISE - Not Bleeding Red (CD/Digital Download)

 
NUMINA - Dawn of Obscurity (cd)

 
NUMINA - Evolving Visions (cd-r)

 
NUMINA - Live at the Inner Sanctum (cd-r)

 
NUMINA - Sanctuary of Dreams (cd)

 
NUMINA - Shift to the Ghost (cd)

 
NUMINA - Sound Symbols (cd)

 
NUMINA - Subterranean Landscapes (cd)

 
NUMINA - Symbiotic Spaces (cd)

 
NUMINA - The Deception of Reality (cd)

 
NUMINA & CAUL - Inside the Hollow Realm (cd)

 
NUMINA & IXOHOXI - Starfarer's Tales Vol. 1 (cd-r)

 
NUMINA & IXOHOXI - Starfarer's Tales Vol. 2 (cd-r)

 
NUMINA & STEPHEN PHILIPS - Descent of the Falcon (cd)

 
NUNC STANS - The Cerulean Suite (cd-r)


NUMINA
The Deception of Reality
CD, Hypnos Recordings, 2012
From the labels notes on Jesse Sola’s concept release "The Deception of Reality" I learned it’s about introspective escapism while balancing light and dark themes, with the music transporting the listener to wherever they wish the music to take them.

Jesse’s previous two albums already opened the doorway to a much deeper and darker-flavoured sonic environment, something that nicely continues on the five lengthy, uninterrupted pieces on this 75-minute album. We’re talking about spacious, slighty melodic but overall expansive soundscapes here that venture into alternate realities with lots of mystic caverns and longform dwellings into the vast unknown.

Besides occasional undercurrents of mourning and melancholy, Numina’s expressive, constantly evolving and overall emotive textures paints beautiful pictures, all fitting in a grand, transparent design.
I though can imagine the drifting flow making up the rather Roach-oriented 19-minute "Empire of Nothing" may be a bit too minimal for some. Fortunately, the smooth, warm and dreamy waves of the final track "Translunary Return" again pull things in a different direction.

All in all, if you love imaginary and in-depth ambient soundscape music, the excellently mastered "The Deception of Reality" won’t disappoint the least.

Website: www.numinamusic.com

© Bert Strolenberg

 
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