& Thomas Weiss: Conscience
A short dip into Radiant Clearing is met by sizzling atmospheres, keening tones and a distantly throbbing rhythm. With sinuous twangs and tick-tocking percussion buried within its ever-turning billows, the deeply sheening currents of The First Bright Light cut through fogbank of smoke-and-chitter. Trickling rivulets splatter into the wavering gauze and emerging radiance of eighth track, Dewdrops (3:27) which closes the first CD at nearly 75 minutes.
As strings jangle lazily in a swelling resonance, The Falcon seems to soar over washing surf; as the piece evolves, a thumping rhythm arises from slowly stirring ambiance, followed by sitar-iffically melting environments from The Poetess (which is in turn backed by the shorter, drummier dream of Serpent's Hollow).
Another luxurious (and rather organic) earscape unfolds before the final track expels its mystical mistiness; Brugh Na Boine - The Elves Realm (28:12) exists in a land of cricket-inhabited haze which ripples and crests in oceanic motions. After 11 minutes metallic strands vibrate pensively into the shadowy stew.
Overall, the soundcolors tend toward a not-unappealling greyness, though the somber palette is uplifted by sky-swallowing trails of gustiness, and naturalized by field recordings. The near-homogenity makes for a practically seamless immersion into masterly longform abstractions from Alio Die and Matthias Grassow. Drone fans are directed to head for the Expanding Horizon straight away! A-