Vault of Blossomed Ropes is a rather well named project thoughtfully exploring electroacoustic avenues, but with the rare addition of vocals murmuring (and sometimes gibbering) actual lyrics; although they are, literally, all Greek to me. This self-titled album, with its six tracks, is released by the Triple Bath label.
8/10 Robin Staff review, 23 June 2015
Vault of Blossomed Ropes are a Greek recording crew creating something between prog rock and electro-acoustic, somehow coming out the other end with the chillest music you ever did hear. Their self-titled record, never ascendent or terse despite its particular arrangements, brings in elements of live instrumentation and codified looping, making for a kind of music that is ambient in rendition but not process -- this band certainly jam, but what you hear is weightless.
‘Vault of Blossomed Ropes’ is about processed instruments interacting with played ones: a minimal bassline rolls through “Jodhpur”, which also features gorgeous, wordless vocals on top of processed piano, guitar and loops. While a lot of the motifs you hear scavenging the ruins of drone on this record are sampled, they compel this record to feel like a brand new composition. The band introduce new motifs and ideas with a quiet reverence, such as on "My Vesica Piscis (Is Falling to Pieces)", where ambient effects are coupled with disappearing double bass and a barely factoring woodwind section.
“Ordo Ab Chao” is an inwardly phasing ambient piece that slowly introduces romantic strings and a sample in Greek that sounds grainy and sepia-toned against the song’s serene movements. The track eventually repurposes itself with a beat and an alarm, but it still sounds warming amongst the chaos thanks to the band’s slight treatments. It’s ultimately a versatile record that feels ambient through anonymity, through making wide open space its secret star.
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