Loneward’s “Ferric Expeditions”, mastered by the Ultimae label owner Vincent Villuis, is an ambient release published in collaboration with Ambient Soundscapes (a division of Valley View Records).
The 47-minute concept recording consists of a series of ten gently unfolding audio vignettes (each exploring a musical motif—either holding within a pattern or slowly shifting over time) showcasing the specific qualities of the compact cassette. As such, the sound quality of the meditative, introspective, and at times melancholic/contemplative soundscape music isn’t bright as is the constant presence of non-distracting noise.
In the end “Ferric Expeditions” doesn’t prove as consistent, profound, and expressive as I’m used to from this Canadian artist.
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