Senmuth – Exouniverse 2009 – 93%
By far one of the most prolific musicians to ever grace this dusty speck of a planet, Senmuth channels several feelings of insignificance and minuteness through your headphones and into your soul. Senmuth’s music ages in numbers, rather than time. Throughout his career, listeners have been able to grow and mature with each passing album. If they’ve got the time that is. In a world where hearing 10 albums is normally a band’s full legacy, that is merely scratching the surface of this epic and complex undertaking that is Senmuth.
The theme here is space, as with several other of Senmuth’s works. What sets this apart is the calm tranquility the synths and atmosphere provide, nurturing you through your lifetime of exploration throughout the album. This album is pure ear candy, as each time you listen intently, you’re still not going to pick up on all the subtle and creative pieces of instrumentation. It’s incredibly difficult to even imagine all of the different sounds or instruments portrayed, as their numbers are gargantuan. In a few songs, the synth is so real and rich, I actually couldn’t tell if it was a real piano playing or not. Sometimes the synths take control, while at others the main focus is the hauntingly firm acoustic strings, while occasionally, some chunky metal riffs take over (what an off the wall concept – metal riffs on a metal album!).
Atmosphere is everything on this album. It can range from being spacious and bleak (deep space), to a relaxing form of warmth, not all that removed from lying on a dry sand dune. Other times the atmosphere bleeds the practice of being sneaky and mysterious. At times you’ll feel the warmth of the center of a star staring directly in your face, and at others you’ll be subjected to the total and complete freeze of space to your bones. The guitars (as seen in Cosmology Singularity) are very comforting, emotional, and finalized. Each note is carefully placed as to fit in with the others as good as they possibly can. The same can be said for the percussion, as it compliments every melody and every section with it’s own casual and collective style. While the drums are never aggressive or actually metal for that matter, they don’t need to be. Metal drums would only set this album off balance, and would ruin any chance of this album fitting together coherently.
The level of professionalism in music doesn’t get any higher than this. Everything is beyond crystal clear, with everything emphasized to perfection. There’s something about this album that takes an extreme amount of luck and precision to hit just right. Exouniverse is literally a journey through space. As you bounce off stars, zoom past planets, stall out among the dust clouds, and feel the chill of space to your bone, you’ll realize this. Not only will this music open your mind, it will portray some of the rawest and most mindful emotions directly to your soul like a black hole absorbing a far off galaxy. This album flows beautifully, thoughtfully, and with purpose the entire way. Highly recommended.
Highlights are: Synchronous Creation of Space, Galaxies Merge, Cosmology Singularity, Dark Invisible Weight
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