On both “Well of Souls” and “Ascension of Shadows”, the duo Steve Roach and vidnaObmana made clear they are an accomplished and powerful combo in exploring deeper sound worlds while applying a large assortment of acoustic and electronic instruments.
The 73-minute “InnerZone”, an expansive ride balancing between conscious and subconscious states, proves a surreal, hallucinogenic soundscape with shapeshifting rhythmic forms, a tribal ritual dwelling of atmosphere and texture.
While not turning out as evocative, hypnotizing and enchanting as the double album “Well of Souls”, the mysterious trail plus a feel for suspense and the uncanny is still at the core of the sound design, with some energetic electro-tribal surfacing occasionally (like the gentle rattling and rolling sequencer pattern on the more active “Isolation” and the second half of the title track). The lush and minimal sonic expanse curls up on the 25-minute title piece, where the cyclic tribal-exotic and at times desolate spaces are enhanced by Loren Nerell’s Indonesian sound sources.
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