The Gnome – Stillness (Digital Album – Ant-zen)
Background/Info: Tony D’Oporto aka The Gnome is slowly becoming a veteran active at the wider fields of ambient and experimental music. Most of his work has been released on Crime League (the label of Michael Morton also active as Displacer) and consists of productions together with Mark Spybey (Dead Voices On Air, Beehatch, Zoviet France, Download ao). D’Oporto recently set up Crisis Actor together with David Thrussell. “Stillness” is the first Gnome work released on Ant-zen and the 4th work in his ‘ambient album collection’.
Content: “Stillness” invites the listener to move throughout a dreamy, chilling sound universe. It’s not exactly what I would call a relaxing experience as the cold sound treatments and desperate sounding atmospheres are leading the poor listener into a feeling of isolation.
+ + + : I like the global production of this work, which from a pure technical point of view reveals great stereo effects and multiple little tricks. It’s a cold, meditative expression, which is carried by an intelligent writing. It’s not that complex, but simply featuring outstanding and somewhat mystic space atmospheres.
– – – : A few cuts are a little bit monotonous, which is the kind of feeling you sometimes can experience when listening to ambient music.
Conclusion: This work features all kinds of ambient ingredients for dark music lovers. It’s an icy, astral voyage throughout fantasy fields, which would be the perfect soundtrack for a documentary and/or film.
Best songs: “Flowing”, “Under A Tree”, “New Years Day”.