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Alio Die & Amelia Cuni
Alio Die & Amelia Cuni
Asparas
Projekt


Format Reviewed: CD

Soundclip: "Island of the Rose Apple Tree"

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Describing a disc of ambient drones as "oceanic" falls immediately into critical cliché, but there's no other word for Apsaras. The word, from Hindu mythology, is defined in the album's liner notes as "'flowing in the water,' celestial Nymphs, seductive creatures..." The notes go on to say, "Waters flow and reflect, they are plurality itself. The waters of the mind are flowing into those of the world and the waters of the world are flowing into those of the mind to the point where they become undistinguishable one from the other." Veteran Italian ambient producer Alio Die must live on a beach where it never storms: samples of gentle waves and water underlie much of this flowing music, as quietly layered keyboards add depth to six tracks that alternate between shorter and long. Amelia Cuni sings in the dhrupad style, a traditional music from northern India. Her otherworldly voice moves patiently atop a bed of drones and samples that shift as slowly and inexorably as desert sands blown by the wind. Despite its meditative presence, Apsaras demands much from the listener: variety is not the album's strength or purpose, and will reward only those who meet it half-way. Die and Cuni have drawn an indulgent bubble bath of sound, leaving you to light the candles and sink in.


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