Numina "Through The Gate To Nowhere" CD
Jesse Sola, the solitary figure behind Numina, based in Denver, Colorado, has released his latest album "Through The Gate To Nowhere" via Relaxed Machinery at March 20th, 2015. Actually, this happened only 9 days after his another release, a collaborative album "Broken Stars Through Brilliant Clouds" with Zero Ohms on Spotted Peccary label. I still keep in mind Numina's previous outstanding solo work "The Deception Of Reality" on Hypnos, released back in 2012, so let's unlock the gates... Out in limited edition of 200 hand-numbered copies and featuring some stunning photographs by Peter James, taken in the Wasdale, a valley of the Lake District National Park in Cumbria, England. By the way, Peter James is responsible also for the mastering job, while the artwork layout is created by Steve Brand.
"Promontory" clocks over 7 and half minute mark and unfolds the journey with tenebrous array of meandering, drifting, traversing and piercing washes and drones, authentically displaying the album's cover images. The next piece, "Down To The Valley Of The Water", keeps on perplexing path, where dissonant layers continuously return, rumble, perforate and climax. Towards the end, the trail heads though more relieving terrains and "Arcfrost" almost imperceptibly invades. Nearly 13-minute long journey calms down a bit, although always hanging in the fascinating earth's fissure separating ambient and dark ambient soundworlds. Absolutely breathtaking sceneries reveal and immerse devoted listener into magnificently flavored realms, where tranquilly gliding expansive zones meticulously collide with intensely discordant mindscaping subtleties. Wow, a true epic, tour de force by Numina!!! Bravo, Jesse!!! "Furrowed Transitions" delve deeper into unfathomable depths, although massively surging dronescapes, guarded by ghostly choirs, are softened by mesmerizingly circling penetrating grooves. Sharper ominous rumbles announce "Reflexion Canyon" and hold it in majestically sculpted sceneries, intricately dark and spacious. The longest track, "Amidst The Mist" reaching almost 14 minutes, smoothly shifts into warmly expansive and thrillingly immense aerial vistas, gorgeously gliding, sweeping and elevating. This gate certainly leads to pure atmospheric Eden, graciously infinite!!! "In Our Absence" perfectly merges darker, yet delightfully enigmatic timbres with flickeringly helixing euphoric patterns. Spellbindingly tiding piece and a very nice conclusion to this strikingly adventurous and stunningly entrancing exploration!!!
"Through The Gate To Nowhere" is another very strong album by Numina, exquisitely distinctive, offering to each journeyer a truly rewarding listening experience hanging on the utterly immersing edges of ambient and dark ambient soundcarving. The gates are opened and a 74-minute journey awaits, join now!!! And don't forget, there are hidden many other sonic jewels among Numina's extensive discography featuring around 30 solo and collaborative albums released during a 15-year recording career.
Richard Gürtler (Jun 14, 2015, Bratislava, Slovakia)