Finally, two years after his nice ambient album “Moonwater”, New Zealand-based musician brings us the follow-up “Desert Realms”.
The 7-minute “Saguaro Silhouette” is a great opener with Rudy’s wordless, aerial vocals and slow drifting sonic layers. Here, one can almost feel the heat of the desert closing in. It is followed by the short but lofty “Pathway” which sees Nick Prosser complimenting some nice Baroque flute.
The eight minute title track is the first highlight with its smooth, soft shimmering soundscape magic. Both “Circling Hawk” and “Fading Light” nicely continue the meandering, Eno-esque textural stillness, after which “Subterranean River” aptly ventures underneath the desert landscape. The atmospheric “Cloudburst”, sees Mr Prosser add his flute magic another time.
The next three tracks, all clocking at eight minutes, form the absolute highlight on the album, venturing in peaceful space territory (“Starlight”), while “Of Clouds and Mountains” and “Rocks under Moonlight” stunningly capture the real essence and haunting beauty of the natural surroundings of the desert landscape.
All in all, “Desert Realms” is a very nicely rendered sonic vista, highly recommended for fans of desert music.
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