How do you feel about the night? Is it frightening or is it comforting? Is it familiar or strange? Iranian electronic composer Siavash Amini has had the night on his mind recently, resulting in 'Serus' an album for Room40. Based on the music here, Amini's relationship with the night is fraught. Unless intense and volatile drones sound comforting to you.
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Here’s a real stunning album from Siavash Amini - an artist whose work has previously been released via Opal Tapes, Hallow Ground, Flaming Pines, Umor Rex etc.
His sound just seems to get better and better. His latest offering ‘Serus’ for Lawrence English’s Room40 label way transcends terms like ambient or drone as he offers us a gateway into his visions of the night. This is certainly music to play in the dark, as the crepuscular ‘A Recollection Of The Disappeared’ seems to suck the light from the room, leaving us in a sort of empty void and then ghosts begin to appear - the avant classical strings Amini deploys are breathtaking, and have the power of a time machine - recollecting things no longer with us - a vision of a lost past. ‘Semblance’ moves in reverse to its predecessor - beginning with strings then pushing further into blackness where Amini’s expert sound design sets us free to imagine what toils and lurks in the shadows.
'All That Remained' is ominously alluring - shifting from shivering to startling, to mind blowingly intense passage of volcanic molten sound and deep penetrating sub bass - a sound that at its most intense peak feels like it’s ripping open a vortex between worlds. ‘All That Remained Pt.2’ has a sadness which makes me feel as though I’m looking at the charred remains of a lost civilization and culture.
Such an immersive record, which feels as though we’re right there with the artist, wandering through his dreams.
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