Genre/Influences: Experimental, Ambient.
Format: Digital, CD.
Background/Info: Joel Gilardini is a Swiss artist who’s mainly composing and creating music with guitar, played in an experimental way. He has been active in different projects and also wrote music for theatre and live performances.
Content: Joel Gilardini is using and transforming guitar sounds in such a way that it sometimes becomes nearly impossible to recognize the instrument. Sounds and noises have been created, transformed and manipulated to create new sound impressions. The work has a strong Ambient appeal empowered by impressive blasting noises. The tracks are progressively built up and especially the first half of the album features notable cuts.
+ + + : It’s fascinating to see the way guitar sounds have been transposed into something different, like reaching another dimension. I like the way the songs have been progressively built up and I especially recommend listening to “Apollo 11” and “Overview Effect”, which both are sonic jewels. There’s a dark and astral atmosphere hanging over the work, which is fitting the title of the album. This is a meticulously constructed production also revealing multiple subtle sound effects, which are revealing the true talent of this visionary experimentalist.
– – – : There’s just one track (cf. “Lost Cosmonauts”), which sounds a bit accomplished; it also is a shorter cut.
Conclusion: Artists like Joel Gilardini show us it‘s still possible to remain creative, showing an avant-garde approach in composing music. Well that’s what makes the magic of this work!
Best songs: “Apollo 11”, “Overview Effect”, “Circling Orbiters”.