Aperus – Archaic Signal (Album – Geophonic Records)

By Feb 12,2021

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Genre/Influences: Experimental, Cinematographic.

Format: Digital, CD.

Background/Info: Two years after the “Lie Symmetry”-album, Brian McWilliams (also known from his involvement with Remanence) achieved a new opus of his Aperus project.

Content: The trigger to release this work happened when Brian woke up in the morning. Living in New Mexico (USA) he heard the birds singing outside and started to record their sounds. “Archaic Signal” as the album title perfectly summarizes the approach of this album, which features multiple field recordings. But there’s much more to discover like Electronic sound treatments, effects, guitar play and passages driven by slow rhythms. The work has something pretty atmospheric creating a contrast between darkness and reverie.

+ + + : I first of all noticed a great artwork, a physical format remaining something unique! Sound-wise this work reveals a delicious duality between dream and nightmare. The music has something relaxing-like, featuring prosper passages and yet it also sounds like an invisible danger is supporting the entire production. This Aperus work has something unique, mixing different styles together, this way creating something apart from ‘classical’ Experimental- and/or ambient productions.

– – – : It’s not easy to seize the work of this artist, the numerous Experimental influences remaining pretty dominant.

Conclusion: “Archaic Signal” sounds like a sonic osmosis between dark prosperity and inhibited horror; something hard to catch and yet fascinating to experience!

Best songs: “Canopy Of Stars”, “Archaeodreaming”.

Rate: (6½).

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