This is a very special release from Sonmi451 aka Bernard Zwijzen. ‘The Limbic System’ is calmly pouring instantly uplifting and beautiful sounds all over you and its running down your back like warm syrup. As if that’s not enough, the packaging is a medical inspired masterpiece of concept art with endless attention to detail.
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- / Ltd deluxe CD on Time Released Sound. Edition of 70 copies in stunning bespoke handmade package
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As far as cerebral electronic music goes, you can’t get more cerebral than a record about different parts of the brain. The limbic system is the collection of neural pathways and regions of the brain that govern emotion, memory and behaviour, and those are exactly the brain parts that are being massaged right now. Ok, most music will garner an emotional response of some kind, usually a cry of bloodcurdling rage in Clinton’s case. But this seems to be devoted to grabbing the emotion currently held by your head bits, and ironing it out into smooth calm. The sonification of your happy place.
In this place, you will find bubbling swoon textures of plucked guitars and harps, throbs of warm keys, echoes of distant cymbals and otherworldly whispers. I have no idea what they are saying, but it’s nice to hear another, if rather obscured human here with you. From the Somni451 name, I wouldn’t be surprised if it was the future Korean citizen as depicted in Cloud Atlas. It’s ambient music but with real structure and a wide palette, the different elements taking it in turns to fade into the mix, leaving behind a tail of spine-shivering delay. Chords hover between peace and melancholy, the touch of yearning being especially stirring. Hisses and crackles surface, and, while being an overused feature by 2015, build a chilled wall around your ears.
Expect some serious elaborate packaging for the deluxe version. Presented as a hospital case file to fit with the record’s theme, it contains an old photo behind some glass, a brain scan (???), poetry sheets, sheet music, oh, and the album itself of course. For those with lighter purse strings, the regular CD will certainly be a kool aid to your end-of-day wind down. Or early morning mountain crawl. Whatever you do.
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