Saturday 16 July 2016

Dark Music Review – Myth About Flat World

Dark Music Review – Myth About Flat World

Review Written By Casey Douglass

Myth About Flat World Art

In one or another form, Myth about flat world existed from time immemorial in every civilization culture, from India to Scandinavia, always intertwined with other ideas about World.[...] All of this makes the picture of Flat World surprisingly vivid and able to tell everything about secrets of the Universe, inspiring the search of analogies, bringing new vision of familiar fairytales and well-known legends. Creating this album, we wanted to reflect this myth's magic in sound, make it alive, able to induce imagination, finding new connections and meanings - to inspire the listener in creation of its own art... Let this music become a mirrored water surface for you, where one can see the shapes of something long forgotten, but at the same time very cognate and familiar.

I found Myth About Flat World to be an introspective album, the way some of the tracks gently build and fade, along with the apparent simplicity of the sounds lending it a meditative quality that at once supports the listener, but also doesn't get in the way. I used the phrase “apparent simplicity” quite carefully a few words ago, as closer listening reveals layers and variations of texture that at times, seem quite hypnotic.

Take the first track: The Flat World, as an example. After a gentle start, a thrumming drone fills the soundscape, the backing of air-like vocals forming an ongoing “ahhh” as delicate chime-like tinklings jostle for the attention. The general takeaway sound of this track for me was the impression of what sand flowing down a glass tube might sound like, in no small part due to the static-like movements at intervals in this track. Yes, there are wind instruments and rattling bone-like sounds too, but this track so perfectly made me think about a desert with a low golden sun hanging just above the horizon, it was quite lovely. This image informed the rest of the impressions that arose in my mind, so I think I likely strayed from the theme expounded in the album blurb above.

Track two: Ancient Wind, saw me delve into a partially hidden temple (I might just have watched Stargate SG-1 or The Mummy too many times). This track starts with a subdued drone that undulates and flows, before being joined by airy swellings and sighs, as if the dark cool space inside the temple is haunted by unseen ghosts moving beyond sight. A little later, trilling whistles and finger-nail drumbeats add another layer of texture, hinting at things beginning to unfold.

The next track: Mountain Roots, features gentle drumming too, strangely warped chime-like notes starting things off before a whispering female voice insinuates itself into the ear, wind-notes and heavier drum beats give the whole thing a ritualistic feeling. As the track progresses, a male vocal chant can be heard, along with a vibrating electro-thrum that seems to charge the soundscape with energy. This track gave me the impression of going deeper into the Earth, a trippy languid stroll amongst the rocks.

Track four is Keepers of Existence, an echoing resonance-filled soundscape that seems to sparkle and shimmer like a swarm of golden fireflies, if such things can live deep underground. This track gives the impression of space and furtive movements, sighs and wind currents hinted at later on, with some tasty undertone chanting thrown in for good measure. Maybe the listener has come to the attention of the titular “keepers”.

The last track is Beside The Tree of Life, a track that begins with a repeating note and mid-range drone that creates a background of thrumming sound, maybe hinting at strange forces becoming mobilised. Other sounds such as chanting and more wind-like static emerge as the track continues, before it heads to a quieter ending featuring the crackling of a small fire. As far as my mental images go, maybe the character in the tale wakes up beside his cosy campfire outside the temple, night having fallen and everything seeming to be back to normal.

Myth About Flat World is a thoroughly enjoyable dark ambient album, one in which the textures and mixture of sounds seem very peaceful, to me at least. On a number of occasions I actually fell asleep while listening to it, so it has become one of the rare albums that I can rely on to lull me into a relaxed state (another notable one being Earth Songs if this application interests you). Myth About Flat World has a great knack for evoking an otherworldly, exotic sensation, one that lets the listener scent and experience strange or exotic places, weaving a feeling of the spiritual or mythological into the impressions of stone, space and darkness. I give it 5/5, an album well worth checking out.

Visit the Myth About Flat World page on Bandcamp here for more information.

I was given a free copy of this album to review.

Album Title: Myth About Flat World
Artist: Creation VI
Label : Black Mara
Released: June 2, 2016