Genre/Influences: Rhythmic-ambient, tribal, minimal-techno.
Content: Behind Ancestral Voices hides Liam Blackburn (aka Indigo) who’s one of the Akkord members. Blackburn can look back at an impressive discography of Akkord, but is now busy with this interesting new project.
The title song takes off with a well-crafted dark-ambient atmosphere joined by low, humming sound waves and icy, vibrating sounds plus some field recordings (or samplings). It sounds pretty experimental, but still as a poignant dark-ambient creation. This song will hold you in its grip for more than 10 minutes and definitely appears to be the basis of this work.
The dark-ambient influence can be noticed the entire album on, but the tracks are still covering other influences. Ancestral Voices rapidly moves on tribal fields, which is an element you’ll recognize in some rhythm patterns and the chants emerging at the final part of “Ritual Terre”.
The next few songs are all driven by tribal inspired rhythm patterns while the deep, vibrating sonic waves run through the compositions. Blackburn also likes to experiment with sounds revealing himself as a great sound manipulator.
The technoid element comes especially through at “La Purga”, which is a real creative masterpiece. It’s not only a technoid-minded cut, but also features the tribal influences as well while you’ll also hear industrial elements and dark sound moods running through the song. “Arachnae” coming up next is a bit similar in genre, but I here was impressed by the subtle, chilling sequences. The composition has been accomplished all in finesse.
The few last cuts move into explicit ambient fields, but it all remains driven by slow rhythms and impressive sound treatments.
Conclusion: Ancestral Voices accomplished a real coup de force; this album reflects a real sound creativity mixing different genres with each other, but it also has been composed by a talented artist who likes to create unique sound textures.
Best songs: “La Purga”, “Arachnae”, “Invocations”, “Ritual Terre”, “Night Of Visions”.
Label: www.samuraimusicgroup.com / www.facebook.com/samurai.music
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