Genre/Influences: Dark-cinematographic, dark-ambient.
Background/Info: Simon Heath (Atrium Carceri), Pär Boström (Cities Last Broadcast) and Bruce Moallem (God Body Disconnect) joined forces to compose what has been introduced as a jazz drums and cinematic wall-of-sound inspired by a mysterious ‘Lynchian’ hotel.
Content: “Miles To Midnight” totally fits to Cryo Chamber’s owner Simon Heath and sounds a bit like the ultimate dark-cinematographic work. There’s an unexpected jazzy atmosphere running through the work and, which becomes more explicit at “A Thousand Empty Rooms”. But the main passages are dark and even remind me of a requiem on the title track. You’ll also notice mysterious choirs in the distance. Dark sounds and field recordings have been mixed while the last cut, driven by a slow rhythm is bringing the work to a real climax.
+ + + : Cryo Chamber is without a shadow of a doubt ‘the’ label specialized in dark-cinematographic music and has many talented artists flying under its wings, but this work might be considered as the new reference in the genre. This work has something different and even a bit unique, but still featuring this ‘noir’ flavor. It’s a delicate- and even dreamy-like composition, which has something anguishing but also feeling like a sweet caress. You dive into an abyssal voyage created by the visual strength of the tracks.
– – – : The atypical character of the work is maybe what will be a little less confusing for some die-hard fans of the label. You don’t exactly expect a Cryo Chamber release with a jazzy touch on top.
Conclusion: Cryo Chamber has stimulated its artists to work together and numerous productions that have already seen the light of day, but “Miles To Midnight” definitely sounds as the most successful one in the genre. I can only encourage those artists to work on a new experience.
Best songs: “Quiet Days On Earth”, “Miles To Midnight”, “Scene Of The Crime”.