Stormloop "Back To Dust" CDr
Kevin Spence aka Stormloop, from Leeds, UK, has released during 2012 two very nice, handmade packaged albums, "Nocturnal Winter" and "Snowbound**". The later was originally released in 2011, featuring tracks that didn't make the final call on his CD debut "Snowbound*" for Glacial Movements (November, 2011). "Back To Dust" comes packaged in poly case with a full wrap-around insert, printed on both sides, in limited edition of 40 hand-numbered copies and released during January 2013. The album starts with longer, nearly 16 minutes long title track "Back To Dust". It offers a tranquilly drifting space odyssey, flavored here and there with additional drone vibrations, low swirling rumbles and various subtle cybernetic fragments. Warmly inviting dreamscapes are unfolded into soothingly immense expansions. "Back To Dust" is utterly captivating sonic reverie filled with endless sublimity!!! "Swirling Autumn Leaves" transport each listener into deeply meditative realms, sculpted with minimal and monotonous drones of singing bowl resonations guarded by some distant ghost-like essences. "Traversing The Spacetime", the next longer piece clocking to 11 and half minutes, returns to celestial zones with serenely expanding and meandering washes. This is another strongly alluring soundscape to fully comfort your mind and body. Deep and hissy drones invade "Kuro Hoshi", but soon this monochromatic intro traverses into more actively gliding and circling, vast open sceneries, with slightly sorrowful feel, yet warmly embracing. "Minus 2" keeps on the same route, with more earthy feel, although fragranced with assorted fragile liquid and cyber-tech clinks. The overall feel is deeply evocative and cinematic. "An Ancient Machine" is sculpted with angelic choir-like drones, deep windy hums, strengthened by few sparse, but multi-colored sonic infusions and wrapped throughout by hissy blankets. Quietly mesmerizing and immersing composition. Low drones of "Spacedust" are as much absorbing as on previous piece, but this time slightly high-pitched swirling layers are added and this sonic range produces a quite hallucinogenic effect, nicely interplaying with track title. The closing phase, "A New Horizon", is immediately invaded by gracefully tiding ethereal washes, carrying the listener on the cloudbeds of pure atmospheric bliss. Again, the title is precisely displayed by the sonics. This is Stormloop at its most splendid and seductive, an absolutely gorgeous finale!!! "Back To Dust" provides us with richly shaped odyssey, gliding through various terrains, harmoniously connected and balanced without becoming monotonous or uninspiring. Very nice album by Stormloop, well done, Kev!!!
Richard Gürtler (Mar 09, 2013, Bratislava, Slovakia)