Stratosphere with Dirk Serries – In A Place Of Mutual Understanding

Stratosphere with Dirk Serries - In A Place Of Mutual Understanding
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Stratosphere with Dirk Serries – In A Place Of Mutual Understanding
CD/DIGITAL DOWNLOAD, Projekt Records, 2013


“In A Place Of Mutual Understanding” is a collaborative ambient project by two Belgium composers who’ve know each for over two decades. Personally I think it was a question of time and opportunity as Ronald Mariën (aka Stratosphere) is Serries’ long-time sound technician. Both share a kindred spirit and helped out each other on many occasions.

Sonically, the current project is rhythmless and amorphous, fully centered on the heavy manipulated sounds of electric guitars and pedal effects. The outcome is atmospheric guitar-minimalism with slow evolving tapestries on three of the four pieces. The latter are upfront on the first piece “Unfold the Obscurity” but the shoegaze drones take on a dreamy, introspective shape with a fragile flair on the 19-minute “Dawn will reveal itself” – my personal favorite- following next. The impact and deep spheres captured on Fripp and Eno’s classic “Evening Star” comes to mind.

On “Distance”, the mood and feel of the sonic waves becomes darker, with a sense of Pieter Nooten-like melancholic drama creeping in. The upfront, more grainy and distorted sound heard on the first track returns on the last piece, but this time making it a bit too intense and heavy ride to my ears.

Be quick though if you’re interested in getting a physical copy of “In A Place Of Mutual Understanding”, as only 200 copies were made of the factory-pressed version.

You can see what reviews I have done of Dirk Serries on the Dirk Serries artist page

 

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