‘Empire Of Silence’ is German ambient composer Marsen Jules long awaited follow up to his debut ‘Herbstlaub’ on CCO. ‘Empire of Silence’ is an impressive homage to the stunningly stark and powerful beauty of the Nordic landscape. Jules layers bittersweet string symphonies with a deeply conscious precision to create epic compositions that are at the same time warm, nostalgic and beautiful.
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8/10 Brian Staff review, 02 April 2015
Twelve years of releases and the only ones I've heard have been 'Herbstlaub' and 'Les Fleurs'. The fact that one of them was released a decade ago makes me feel rather old and confused. 'TEOS' is his latest in a grand discography and continues in the classic vein of deep lush ambient music his fans are no doubt quite content with now. That Skrillex collaboration will have to go back on hold mate.
This Dortmund chappie has been sculpting tender, emotive grandeur and icy chasms of beauty for a long while now and confusingly due to the sleeve art I thought it was a new release on the esteemed Italian ambient imprint Glacial Movements. But it's not. But spookily, it was supposed to be. But it has been ultimately unleashed on his own Oktaf imprint so all is not lost.
These are beatific soundtrack-like worlds for lying in the snow under the Arctic sun in your cosy snow-proof onesie. Marsen is a classicist, not just some dude playing with evocative soundwaves on a laptop so you get the highest order of glacial evocation and rich resonance from his swathes of melancholic electronic beauty. If you buy one or two CDs of this nature a week then make sure Marsen is in your cart. Your gateway to a lush, calming sleep or merely an escape from the everyday sound pollution with which we are constantly blighted
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