Darren Rogers "Interstellar Love" CDr
This is my first contact with Darren Rogers' ambience, although he belongs to quite experienced soundscapers, to my knowledge he started his recording career during the second half of the 90's with the album "The Infinity Search". But it was "The Alternate Realms" CDr released on Hypnos Secret Sounds in 2007 that has brought more recognition to Darren Rogers' sonic journeys. This Texan artist is also known for his collaborations with Rigel Orionis' Jim Brenholts under the moniker Orion's Belt (Jim sadly passed away in 2009). Self-releasing through his own label Imagineer Records, "Interstellar Love" CDr is out since March 2016, packaged in a glossy 4-panel disc eco wallet and it's based on searching for the signs among the stars, for the love and true soulmate for eternity.
10-minute title track "Interstellar Love" ignites the odyssey with distant drone hums counterpointed with rather weirdly processed voices by Darren Rogers' wife Lynda. Expansive drifts sneak in as well, but during the 4th minute the journey is stolen by monstrously spacious drones, where panoramic warmness is masterfully spiced by permeating cyber-tech tides. Then smoothly transmuting into evocative stringed poignancy merged with arising, new age-driven dreamscapes. A very nice opening!!! "Wavering" is announced by gorgeously embracing duduk traceries coalesced with soothingly sweeping ethereal realms. As always, I am absolutely fascinated by this Armenian flute, which is, unfortunately, still quite rare within ambient soundsculpting (maybe except Paul Casper of Frore). Clandestinely emerging tribal patterns guard on the background of this immersing composition along with some phantasmal enhancements. But another chameleonic transition follows and the piece completely shifts into unfathomable depths of celestial nothingness perpetually propelled by choir-infused washes. Again rather mellow than perplexing. The next composition, "Carefree Dreams", as displayed by its title, safely glides and meanders through monumentally sublime zones, meticulously reinforced by orchestral vistas and intangibly tinkling ephemerons. Gracefully enrapturing!!! "Passion", with 10-plus minutes the longest piece on the album, delves deeply into magnificently oracular terrains, leaded by immense washes, capricious cybernetic signals and towering transcendental helixes, which over the course awake outlying tribal beats with oscillating and waving sharper tapestries and continuously metamorphose from euphorically animated scenario into divinely evanescing blankets. "Angelic Bells", with 2:45 the shortest piece on "Interstellar Love", keeps dwelling on peaceful paths, where seraphic choirs are conjugated by contemplative chimes. "The Love Inside" fastidiously merges and alternates celestial emptiness, stringed happiness, hissy reflections, cyber-biotic glimpses and sampled vocal serenity by, I believe, Francesca Genco, who is an esteemed voice maven (remember her intensely evocative vocals from Chad Kettering's "Pathways" masterwork?). A true sonic ambrosia awaits here!!! "Looking For The Stars" dives into undulating vintage influenced space domains, bonding jaw-dropping ethereal grandness with spiraling consonances, while titillating transient fragments are thrown in when fading away. A very suitable conclusion!!!
Over 51 minutes long "Interstellar Love" certainly belongs lately to the most accomplished deep space voyages with a rich potpourri of unpredictable transmutations, although to my abysmally tenebrous drone taste rather more romantic flavored than enigmatic, but that's quite obvious due to envisioned theme. However, you can be really proud of this album, Darren!!! I am also sending your way additional kudos for not abandoning the physical format with "Interstellar Love", please, keep on going!!! And by the way, most recently Darren Rogers has started an online Imagineer radio show promoting ambient/new age endeavours.
Richard Gürtler (Jul 03, 2016, Bratislava, Slovakia)