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ZERO OHMS & NUMINA: Broken Stars Through Brilliant Clouds (2015)

Just like in Process of Being, Broken Stars Through Brilliant Clouds is a huge ambient mosaic of soundscapes made of air masses in continual movements

1 Secrets of the Treasure House of Stars 14:35

2 A Day Without Time 8:53

3 Broken Stars Through Brilliant Clouds 9:21

4 Night of the Falling Planets 8:32

5 Of an Uncertain Mythos 18:01

(CD/DDL 59:24) (V.F.)

(Dark ambient and deeply meditative EM)

What can we say of more music about the music of Zero Ohms? Just like in Process of Being, BROKEN STARS THROUGH BRILLIANT CLOUDS is made of air masses in continual movements. Winds, textures of winds and some more wind where the American flutist, and afterward synthesist, manages to extract abstract some abstract melodies which, as the course of clouds, take dreamlike forms. This time, the sculptor of wind teams up with another artist renamed to pull out forms of mistral of his synthesizers; Numina. The result could only give an ambient album. A very quiet album where both bards to poems drawn from the murmurs of the trade winds are proposing an hour of rejuvenation which takes all its dimension our ears well shielded from the external bad weather. In a good headset!

Secrets of the Treasure House of Stars begins this symphony for breezes and winds with a somber droning wave which entails in its furrow some fine particles of zephyr. It's like a long reverberating strand which drags sibylline harmonies blown a horn of trade winds. It's quiet. Very quiet! Zero Ohms and Numina unite their windstorm shadows which eventually form masses of compact still harmonies where the singings of the winds are blowing such as the sighs of fallen angels. Secrets of the Treasure House of Stars evolves very slowly. A little as a cloud of magma on a flat ground which spreads little by little its mass. Only the lamentations of Zero Ohms' flutes succeed in piercing this dense compact sonic task which little by little abandons its passive crescendo for a finale more ethereal. A Day Without Time is the least disturbing track here. Although dark, the winds are always dark here, the lamentations of Aeolus are intimately attractive. The movements are linear, as if the winds had no obstacle, paving the way to a subtle seraphic choir. The title-track makes its winds squeak in a sibylline meshing where, all blows gathered, we have the tiny perception that Gabriel on Earth to even the score. But beyond this total apocalyptic blackness, some fine angelic fluty voices lull and balance a cabalistic approach which wraps our ears of a strange uneasiness. There is a lot of ambiences in this track where winds roll like waves in every corner of the firmament. But not as much as the very dark Night of the Falling Planets and its calm winds which draw an approach more cosmic than esoteric. Of an Uncertain Mythos starts with a concert of sparrows of which the singings caress the crepuscular breezes. The winds are warm, and the moods are a little bit more serene, although we feel a threat becoming perceptible everywhere. The dark breezes make singing the leaves, creating a duet of improbable voices which remain all the same rather attractive. If the winds are always trying to knock down the serenity of the longest track of BROKEN STARS THROUGH BRILLIANT CLOUDS, they remain however rather serene, even musical by places, still showing this fascinating fusion between the electronics and the acoustics in an album which listens to eyes riveted on our past.

Sylvain Lupari (April 4th, 2015) ***½**

Available at Spotted Peccary Bandcamp

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