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Рецензия от Terra Relicta на альбом A Cryo Chamber Collaboration «Nyarlathotep»

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Cryo Chamber has released a giant with this one. In order to fully appreciate what it is, and how it came about, a bit of history is in order. If this isn't your thing, or you already know, just skip down to the third paragraph. One of the early crowning achievements on Cryo Chamber was the collaboration album Cthulhu. Cryo Chamber delved into a concept which had its fair share of musical interpretations. They came at this concept from a different angle than many had attempted in the past. Simon Heath of Atrium Carceri, Sabled Sun, and owner of Cryo Chamber, surrounded himself with a dozen dark ambient artists, most from Cryo Chamber. Through the power of the internet, they all contributed to a vast library of sounds. Each artist had the reign to pull sounds from one another as they pleased. This allowed them to create their own piece of the story, without becoming disjointed.

Рецензия от Hypnagogue на альбом «Way To Dream»

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Let me say that I do enjoy SiJ’s Way to Dream. Or, I try to enjoy it when it’s not busy drenching me in theme.  There’s a lot of water sounds, nature sounds, various clatters and thumps and maybe some rain on the roof type things, and in among a fairly relentless assault of them, Vladislav Sikach tucks in some piano work and soft ambient passages. He imports an impressive number of sound sources (which he refers to as “provided materials”) that range from duduk and singing bows to dumbek and singing glass. For me, if some of the atmospherics had been judiciously left off, Way to Dream would be a much more immersive album.

Рецензия от Electronic Music Critic на альбом «Reflections Under The Sky»

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Many of these Cryo Chamber CDs I’m reviewing were procured thanks to the label’s spiffy bulk deals, but not this one. With Reflections Under The Sky, I snatched that up the moment it was announced, getting my hardcopy right off the factory line. Was it because I was a die-hard fan of one SiJ or Textere Oris? Had I been so completely won over by Cryo Chamber’s dark oeuvre that I simply had to shell out for every new release? Ah, not quite the case.

Рецензия от Chain D.L.K. на альбом «Reflections Under The Sky»

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This new release from Cryo Chamber is a collaboration between Textere Oris and SiJ which could be classified in the path of the recent releases from this label as it's focused on illustration of musical story where field recordings have a key role. This kind of sounds are used as a way to portray something that could not be seen, an usual technique used in cinema.

Рецензия от Santa Sangre на альбом «Reflections Under The Sky»

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That out of the way, it should be pointed out that the album is quite good. Sij and Textere Oris have managed to capture a warm, meditative sound without resorting to the typical New Age “Zen garden” instrumentation. Yes, warm. Tracks like “Lost” and “In the Rain” combine deep pads with field recordings into full soundscapes that blend well into the background but can hold your attention if you choose to focus on them. In the rain in particular draws on a Dropsonde-era Biosphere influence. The music is melodic without containing distinct melodies that pull you out of the larger, open experience.

Рецензия от Side-Line Magazine на альбом «Reflections Under The Sky»

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The album takes off in a rather evasive and beautiful ambient way. You can dream away on dreamy sounds, reminding me of the chants of whales. Some fragmented vocals also join in, but the main characteristic of this work appears to be the use of multiple field recordings. It feels like a sonic discovery moving from forests to aquatic passages. The production has been accomplished with some heavy basting sound treatments and depressed piano passages. The work becomes progressively colder and even a bit hostile. You rapidly realize that “Reflections Under The Sky” is digging towards the darkest aspects of life. The work is achieved by a surprising and somewhat surreal mix of noises and atmospheres, which are now like symbolizing the beauty in life and then its horror side.

Рецензия от Heathen Harvest на альбом «Reflections Under The Sky»

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I’ve always pondered what makes a particular genre album “better” than the others.  There’s a good deal of subjectivity in play here—what works for me might not for someone else—but I suspect there’s more to it than that.  I listen to and write about a lot of dark ambient music, and it’s still hard to try to describe why I like a certain album more than others, especially when they play by such similar rules. Reflections under the Sky is a fitting example of this.  The debut from SiJ (Vladislav Sikach) and Textere Oris (Ilya Fursov) sounds, on the surface, like countless other genre efforts:  somber keyboards waft to and fro over field recordings of rain and static, with the odd bit of treated guitar drone and other filtered and pitched effects gently snaking their way through the mix.  In some places, such as “Behind the Window,” the music’s a dead ringer for past classics: in the case of this track, Brian Lustmord and Robert Rich‘s seminal album, Stalker.  But this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, first because Stalker is rife with brilliant yet desolate passages, and because the template Sikach and Fursov follow is a time-tested and time-proven one.

Рецензия от textura на альбом «Reflections Under The Sky»

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The forty-five minutes of ambient-electronic sound presented on Reflections Under the Sky suggest that its collaborators are very clearly kindred spirits. Composed between 2014 and 2015, the album documents what happens when you pool the collective talents of Moscow, Russia-based electronic music producer Ilya Fursov (aka Textere Oris) and self-taught Ukrainian artist Vladislav Sikach (aka SiJ). It's pitched as a “field recordings-focused release,” but while that's not wholly inaccurate the soundworld featured on Reflections Under the Sky extends far beyond the realm of a standard field recordings project. Further to that, a scan of the production details implies as much when the two are credited with synthesizer, keyboards, contact mics, noises, guitar, percussion, toy piano, voice, and sampling. It would be more correct to state that the recording achieves a carefully considered balance between musical elements and real-world environmental sounds.

Рецензия от Sputnik Music на альбом «Reflections Under The Sky»

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SiJ (Vladislav Sikach) is a dark ambient artist from Ukraine. He has built an impressive body of work, with over thirty compositions since he embarked on his journey back in 2011. SiJ creates many tracks which feature other ambient producers, including Robert Rich in his more recent work. For Cryo Chamber’s latest release, Reflections under the sky, SiJ teams up with Textere Oris (Ilya Fursov from Moscow) for both of their debuts on the label. Their first interaction involved Oris re-mastering the title track of SiJ’s album The End. It is from this re-worked song both artists forged an ambient duo. This album marks their first full-length joint effort.

Рецензия от Casey Douglass на альбом «Reflections Under The Sky»

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Reflections Under The Sky is a gentle listen, the focus on field recordings of rain and water lulling the mind while the echoes and beats wash over the listener. I always tend to lean toward dark ambient albums that use nature recordings and other “real world” sounds as accompaniment to their darker tones, so from the start, I felt quite warmly towards this album. A striking example of this can be found in the track “Lost”, a track that begins with a blaring horn-type sound and then features the sounds of birdsong and the empty interference patterns of a de-tuned radio. Sacral vocals begin to ebb and flow around a deeper beat, painting the picture of someone lost in nature, far from technology or other people. There are other sounds too, snatches of voices, drums, footsteps and thunder but all conspire to paint a lonely, possibly hallucinatory picture.