This CD from 2008 features 55 minutes of solemn electronic music.
While the basic model remains one dedicated to instilling tranquillity, livelier electronics are present on this release. Vibrant sequences cascade through a realm of mounting background tonalities.
Dense clouds of moody textures roil overhead, establishing a somber presence. Anywhere else, these dark tones might display ominous portends, but Pound utilizes them in a mode of building intensity that points the listener in the direction of glorious psychic insights.
A dreamy quality permeates these tunes, often enhanced by the dry contributions of trilling flutes that evoke an ancestral specter rising from the temperate harmonics.
Piano notes twinkle amid the glistening electronics, providing a grounding basis that links the music’s astral mien with a human vantage for the experience.
A degree of percussion can be found. Generally tribal in nature, these rhythms adopt a remote presence. There are some instances of modern e-perc, but these tempos are still relegated to a muted position in the mix where the beats flow with the harmonies instead of becoming a force of propulsion.
These compositions are a tasty example of ambience that dares to employ invigorating elements. While never becoming energetic or strident, this music possesses an uplifting bearing that is quite engaging. Pound’s manner of injecting powerful elements in a sea of calming atmospherics is tantalizing and highly rewarding.