Jesse Sola returns as Numina on Sound Symbols, five lengthy pieces of floating ambient music. Numina excels at formless waves of sound thatare neither light nor dark, finding a comfortable niche that allows the listener to decide the mood. "Buried Icon", for example, has both shimmering highs and resonant lows. Melody is hinted at but discrete notes rarely fully form. Rhythm is noticeably absent as the quiet music drifts easily by. Although each track is distinct, they merge seamlessly together. Even when there are multiple themes or sound employed, as on "Symbolic Script", each part blends together into the unified whole. Sparse bells nicely fill in the open expanses in "Heiroglyph". Shifts are subtle and slow, making this perfect music in which to fully immerse yourself. Sometimes there are bubbly, gurgling undercurrents that are very organic in nature, whereas other times the electronic chirps and twitters have a clearly synthesized sound. Regardless, the mood is calm, reflective and relaxed throughout. Song titles imply an ambient music version of a Dan Brown novel, containing icons, symbols, relics, secrets, and angels. Or
simply imagine your own story as you enjoy listening to Sound Symbols.
© 2008 Phil Derby / Electroambient Space