Genre/Influences: Soundscape, dark-cinematographic, dark-ambient.
Background/Info: Jason J. Snell got some recognition for his involvement with Bombardier, The 13th Hour and a few more projects. He’s now mainly busy under the moniker The Space Where She Was. He joined hands together with ant-Zen to release his first official work.
Content: “How To Play Dead” moves in between pure dark-ambient music and a dark-cinematographic creation. The tracks have been meticulously built up and accomplished with fine sound treatments. The tracks are obscure and yet there’s something prosper emerging from the composition. The last cut also is the most elaborated one bringing this work to an ultimate point of satisfaction and sonic lust.
+ + + : Jason J. Snell has found the right match between dark-ambient and cinematographic music. Both styles are related and yet a bit different. This album brings them together in a fine sonic osmosis. I especially like the overwhelming passages. Both last cuts are the most noticeable pieces; you here can enjoy the detailed writing from this artist.
– – – : Even if I enjoyed this album I think there’s more inside than what came out. I’m missing an ultimate sonic ecstasy to speak about a fully successful work.
Conclusion: This work is a beautiful voyage throughout dark sonic paths and a fascinating introduction to the music universe of this artist. I’m really wondering what the next work will sound like.
Best songs: “The Reasons Why”, “Your Image Burned On A Screen”, “Your Shattered Outline”.