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15 Degrees Below Zero: Resting On A (2009)

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This West Coast USA trio sparks slight remembrances of vintage Brian Eno ambient electronica, amid many nouveau uplifts and curiously interesting disparities. Mastered by electronics master Thomas Dimuzio, the artists create dark, streaming extended note sound-sculpting motifs via keys, samplers, loops, and other implements or facilitations.

Lucid similes of space travel combined with segments that are akin to unveiling a shrouded mystery come to fruition, as the band mimics an expanding universe during several passages. They produce eerie and brooding soundscapes on "2.5," where the music seems to traverse a vast frontier that defies any rigid semblances of time and space. In addition, the trio seemingly shreds through sweeping layers of multihued textures, awash with harrowing echoes, corpulent bass notes, and oscillating noise shaping articulations.

The music plays tricks with the psyche which, of course, delineate a desired effect accomplished through the power of shrewdly arranged patterns that intersect at various points. They render daunting sojourns and at times, perform as though they are conversing with a higher entity. In certain passages, either Michael Addison Mersereau or Mark Wilson iterates a phased-out alien tongue amid modulating backdrops that perhaps mimic the solar winds. Hence, it's an artful and fascinating trek into the land of electronica that probes the boundaries of phantasmagorical imagery and sane reasoning.

Track Listing: 3.4.1; 3.4.4; 2.5; 3.12.2; 3.25; 3.12.1; 2.19.2; 3.12.4.

Personnel: Daniel Blomquist: laptop, samplers, keyboards, effects, mixing, and processing; Michael Addison Mersereau: guitar, keyboards, vocals, harmonica, effects, mixing, and processing; Mark Wilson: pedals, contact mics, vocals, keyboards, laptop, samplers, other effects, mixing, and processing.

Record Label: Edgetone Records

Style: Electronica


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