Uhushuhu - Geoscience
Ambient, Drone Another drone ambient album with the elements of field recordings enters my home and this time it is the newest album from the band with an exotic name Uhushuhu. Brutal Resonance reviewed their previous record in the past; it was released through the famous label from Saint-Petersburg called Zhelezobeton. I remember this CD to be a really massive creation binding dense textures of artificial sound with the natural environment of forests and fields. But who could imagine that very fast I would receive another album from this project packed in a beautifully designed carton folder. There was one more surprise that had been waiting for me inside this package and that was a bonus DVD containing the same tracks, but guided by a visual representation very similar to some standard plug-ins for Winamp or Media Player.

The new chapter from this spiritual band sets the new level of the union with the nature elements; a big amount of various samples is mixed together with mysterious analogue impulses. "Geoscience" contains four long meditative tracks and I am sure that fans of achieving awareness through enlightenment and contemplation will be more than happy to lay their hands on such a material to support them on their thorny pass to self-knowledge. All of the tracks have some kind of a melody, but it has almost no role in story-telling, though its contribution to the general atmosphere cannot be underestimated. Unlike pure field recordings albums that aim to set a direct connection with a living space or environment, records with strong drone components like in "Geoscience" use impressions from the world around as a tool or an instrument to open wide the horizons of imagination and try to create a stronger meditative mood.

 The album is opened with "Firm Ground" and I am able to witness an absolute transformation of reality through sound materials right from the very beginning. An overwhelming flow of different soundscapes ensures an immersive listening experience. The same atmosphere is reviled through the "Loam Glade" where the artists operates with extremely thick textures crafted with a droning background melody and naturally captured effects from the world around.

The existence of certain things and objects is beyond any definition of time that’s why the music of Uhushuhu is bound inside a constant loop of textures and layers, in a constant loop of creation and destruction. Samadhi state, when the mind and soul are in equal balance, is almost physically perceptible in "Windbody" with the complete transcending of the dimension of the infinitude of space and entering the dimension of the infinitude of consciousness. Sometimes it seems that the artist becomes only a conductor of the boundless energy and the sound of Uhushuhu is a language of this universal essence.

In "Coal Harbor" the listener is being teleported to some other planet where continents are covered with extremely green grass under a crystal clear blue sky. No man stepped on the soil of this habitat, no man-kind interference polluted this virgin land, and there is nothing to prevent it from blooming and enjoying a calm course of life. This track is a sonic exploration of the artists’ influences and surroundings, an exploration of the things that shapes him, an exploration of the sounds he notices and ignores, the sounds that he imitates and the sounds that he cherishes. When creating such kind of music the artist finds himself speaking not only with his own creative self, but with the whole natural environment and this communication becomes the key element of that composition.

Despite seemingly wide plains drawn through "Geoscience", this album carries enough intimacy to be able to speak with each and every listener in his own language having a deep effect on conception of listening. Some kind of a deep secrecy is being transmitted with an every minute of the music flow and this secrecy is very important for finding the ultimate inspirational resource of inner energy.  I am not sure if the DVD material was so necessary to be included, but in the end it is only up to you to decide which picture will be more suitable for your personal meditative exploration, because mine is being revealed when I close my eyes and press the play button of my CD deck. 

4
Brutal Resonance

Uhushuhu - Geoscience

8.5
"Great"
N/A
Electroracle
Released 2015 by Zhelezobeton
Another drone ambient album with the elements of field recordings enters my home and this time it is the newest album from the band with an exotic name Uhushuhu. Brutal Resonance reviewed their previous record in the past; it was released through the famous label from Saint-Petersburg called Zhelezobeton. I remember this CD to be a really massive creation binding dense textures of artificial sound with the natural environment of forests and fields. But who could imagine that very fast I would receive another album from this project packed in a beautifully designed carton folder. There was one more surprise that had been waiting for me inside this package and that was a bonus DVD containing the same tracks, but guided by a visual representation very similar to some standard plug-ins for Winamp or Media Player.

The new chapter from this spiritual band sets the new level of the union with the nature elements; a big amount of various samples is mixed together with mysterious analogue impulses. "Geoscience" contains four long meditative tracks and I am sure that fans of achieving awareness through enlightenment and contemplation will be more than happy to lay their hands on such a material to support them on their thorny pass to self-knowledge. All of the tracks have some kind of a melody, but it has almost no role in story-telling, though its contribution to the general atmosphere cannot be underestimated. Unlike pure field recordings albums that aim to set a direct connection with a living space or environment, records with strong drone components like in "Geoscience" use impressions from the world around as a tool or an instrument to open wide the horizons of imagination and try to create a stronger meditative mood.

 The album is opened with "Firm Ground" and I am able to witness an absolute transformation of reality through sound materials right from the very beginning. An overwhelming flow of different soundscapes ensures an immersive listening experience. The same atmosphere is reviled through the "Loam Glade" where the artists operates with extremely thick textures crafted with a droning background melody and naturally captured effects from the world around.

The existence of certain things and objects is beyond any definition of time that’s why the music of Uhushuhu is bound inside a constant loop of textures and layers, in a constant loop of creation and destruction. Samadhi state, when the mind and soul are in equal balance, is almost physically perceptible in "Windbody" with the complete transcending of the dimension of the infinitude of space and entering the dimension of the infinitude of consciousness. Sometimes it seems that the artist becomes only a conductor of the boundless energy and the sound of Uhushuhu is a language of this universal essence.

In "Coal Harbor" the listener is being teleported to some other planet where continents are covered with extremely green grass under a crystal clear blue sky. No man stepped on the soil of this habitat, no man-kind interference polluted this virgin land, and there is nothing to prevent it from blooming and enjoying a calm course of life. This track is a sonic exploration of the artists’ influences and surroundings, an exploration of the things that shapes him, an exploration of the sounds he notices and ignores, the sounds that he imitates and the sounds that he cherishes. When creating such kind of music the artist finds himself speaking not only with his own creative self, but with the whole natural environment and this communication becomes the key element of that composition.

Despite seemingly wide plains drawn through "Geoscience", this album carries enough intimacy to be able to speak with each and every listener in his own language having a deep effect on conception of listening. Some kind of a deep secrecy is being transmitted with an every minute of the music flow and this secrecy is very important for finding the ultimate inspirational resource of inner energy.  I am not sure if the DVD material was so necessary to be included, but in the end it is only up to you to decide which picture will be more suitable for your personal meditative exploration, because mine is being revealed when I close my eyes and press the play button of my CD deck. 

Sep 08 2015

Andrew Dienes

info@brutalresonance.com
Writer and contributor on Brutal Resonance

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