Serene droner Amir Abbey has released two records under the Secret Pyramid moniker, and here they're collected like the double LP they were destined to be, providing a nice counterbalance to one another. This issue brings together 'The Silent March' and 'Movements of Night' for an all-encompassing treatise on living, dying and all the fear that happens in between. There's a lot of reverb, too.
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- The Silent March / Movements of Night by Secret Pyramid
8/10 Clinton Staff review, 12 February 2015
Here's Reviewbot's (remember him?) review of 'Movements of Night'.
Secret Pyramid is the alter-ego of Vancouver’s Amir Abbey, who on this LP sculpts a series of blackened ambient drone drifts which cycle through deceptively melodic progressions all buried in scrambled distortion which rumbles and hisses its way into every crack in the soundstage, making for quite an overpowering listen if you have it turned up loud on your headphones.
Despite the bleakness of the textures, this is definitely a melodic album at heart, with subtle, slowly unfurling tunes poking out from the sonic detritus like shimmering jewels, dealt out a such sleepy patience that brings to mind Stars of the Lid or Germany’s S ND Y P RL RS. Closer ‘Escape (Fade Out)’ unblurs his instrumentation to the point where you can make out a guitar chiming tremulously in a muddy blur. It’s velvety nighttime listening which will appeal to fans of the likes of Nadja, Deathprod and the aforementioned groups.
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