Genre/Influences: Dark-cinematographic, dark-ambient.
Background/Info: One year after the debut album “Exoplanetary”, Scottish artist Aleister Rennie is back on track with a new opus inspired by his compatriot, Dr Archibald Macrae of the Transatlantic Institute of Archaeological Investigations who in 1936 made a critical discovery, recovering an array of materials compiled by his colleague and mentor, Dr Marian Tarknassus, who has disappeared five years earlier while working on the mysterious ancient scripts of the ‘Pictish Ogham’.
Content: The main characteristic of the work is the introduction of every track, which is created by fragmented narrative parts of the main protagonist of this concept. It’s a kind of guideline, which is always evolving into dark, cinematic sound layers made of astral sound treatment and sequences, field recordings, cold strings and weird piano playing. Sometimes evasive, but mainly mysterious the work reveals 9 tracks.
+ + + : Listening to “Exoplanetary” sounds a bit like discovering a sonic documentary or short film. The concept is interesting and definitely intriguing because of the global atmosphere recovering this opus. It has something atypical, definitely creative and diversified. The fragmented speech extracts are mysterious and increase the mystery supporting this work.
– – – : I noticed a few less convincing cuts, but especially “The Grim Repasts Of Cullen Shores” left me unmoved.
Conclusion: Ruptured World clearly tries to bring something different to the cinematographic music genre. I think the best is yet to come, but what I’ve thus far is enjoyable.
Best songs: “The Revelations Of The Cipher – Deciphering The Pictish Ogham”, “The Haven”, “The Aura Of Drostan’s Well”.