Genre/Influences: Dark-ambient, dark-cinematographic.
Background/Info: Martin Stürtzer (Phelios) and Christian Stritzel have been active for a couple of years under the Sphäre Sechs moniker. This album is the project’s fourth opus to date –and the second one released by Cryo Chamber. The tracks have been composed during improvised studio sessions and are once more inspired by a fascination for the cosmos.
Content: The composition moves on there where previous album “Particle Void” (2018) stopped. It sounds like an exploration of dark sonic realms, which are rapidly leading the listener into a fantasy world. There’s a slow progression running through the tracks, which sometimes feels evasive, but always surrounded by an anguishing sphere. The album features 6 tracks, which are all going over seven- and even one over ten minutes.
+ + + : The visual aspect of the work remains one of Sphäre Sechs main strengths. I personally prefer this new work to its predecessor. I noticed interesting little noises and effects, which are mainly coming through at “Aristarchus Plateau” and “Regolith”. The sound reveals a fascinating symbiosis between dark, intriguing passages and pure relaxing parts.
– – – : I still regret the somewhat linear exposure of the work.
Conclusion: We all know the moon can have a serious impact on nature and species and I’ve no doubt Sphäre Sech’s “Transient Lunar Phenomenon” will have an impact on their fans as well.
Best songs: “Aristarchus Plateau”, “Regolith”, “Report R-277”.