This is the first album on John Strate-Hootman’s own label In the Bubble comprising a collection of atmospheric and ethereal music made in the late ’80’s, early ’90’s and into 2001.
The music on the 70+ minute release is based in a more experimental and minimalist approach, offering raw atmospheric source material that was used for both “The Drift Inside” and “Aeonian Glow”. Although the first few tracks roam in a veil of mystery and surrealism with dense/organic-flavored textural landscapes, a beautiful ethereal soundscape drift in Roach/vidna style surfaces on “Surreal Morning”.
From here, the expansive and harmonic shake hands as they float along in spacious minimalism. The evocative live piece “Chasing down the Dragon” proves Vir Unis is ready for bigger things, which would end up with the founding of AtmoWorks and the Relaxed Machinery community.
The last four tracks on the album materialized in the summer of 2001 and make another solid statement of the strong musicianship of this composer. Note the nice Vangelis- touch in “Like Wind in the Trees”.
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