Next to being good friends, German musicians, Rüdiger Gleisberg & Mathias Grassow have pursued their own solo projects as well as collaborated in various constellations, such as Karmacosmic and Nostalgia just to name a few. So it’s no surprise Mathias and Rüdiger are almost constantly exchanging ideas and sounds, while both also share a common interest in Buddhism and the like.
The concept of the 77-minute art sound collage “The Seer” deals with the late US medium Edgar Cayce who was able to contact worlds beyond in a trance state through his so-called “readings”. The release features hypnotizing, slow and meticulously unfolding soundscapes where we submerge in and wander through dreamful, mesmerizing and mysterious-infused aural passages and textural atmospheres. The emotive “The loss and missing of loved ones” sees a further deepening of the previous two sonic tapestries with some meditative vibes surfacing on and off. Nocturnal as well as ceremonial ambiences grace the 30-minute hypnotizing “The legacy of the sleeping prophet”, a minimalist/meditative long-form piece carrying all the characteristics of Mr Grassow’s music. It’s a pity though it also contains a passage in the first half with quite a bit of aural distortion. Things wind down on the final dronescape “Echoes from the Dream Realm”, where it almost feels as if it all evaporates into the distant unknown.
You can see what reviews I have done of this artist on the Rüdiger Gleisberg and Mathias Grassow artist pages.
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