Phelios is a dark ambient project by German musician Martin Stürtzer, who’s an acquaintance of Stephen Parsick. With the latter, Martin collaborated on “It always rains in Wuppertal”.
“Astral Unity”, which comes in a beautifully designed 6-panel deluxe digipack with gold foil stamping, shows a further maturation of his highly cinematic ambient style.
The outcome merges massive drone textures, vast soundscape pads and occasional hypnotizing, ritualistic rhythms. At times, there’s something foreboding lurking underneath the deep, spacious and organic spiced sonic landscapes.
The haunting music is constantly evolving and shape shifting, “channelling the universe while simultaneously exploring the inner regions of a more primordial earth”. My personal favourites among the seven tracks are “Voyager” and “Cloud Sector” with their mesmerizing choir textures and accompanying ritualistic percussion.
All in all, “Astral Unity” is not for the faint-hearted ambient listener, but rewarding for those who dare to fully submerge into the deep end and find out why lies beneath dense cosmic spheres and beyond…
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