Boomkat Product Review:
Electro-acoustic sound sculptor Siavash Amini's latest full-length is inspired by a series of repeating nightmares and Marco Polo's 13th century travelog "The Book of the Marvels of the World". It's safe to say it's a transportive experience in textural microtonality: suffocating at times and distressing at others, but with occasional cracks of sunlight.
After being stuck in a terrifying recurring dream of mazes and pits, a friend of Amini suggested that it reminded them of Marco Polo's writings. When the dreams restarted more recently, Amini finally decided to read the book, noting similarities but finding more than he had bargained for. He became obsessed with the story, and decided to attempt to reimagine it musically.
Amini has been vocal about his desire to work outside of the 12 tone equal temperament, so here he was passionate about using other systems of tuning to represent these dreams and stories. The result is four long passages of sound that smudge through the consciousness, blurring instruments into synthetic tones and suggesting distance, history and the wild labyrinth of the mind.
'The Oncome' submerges microtonal passages of sound in crashing waves of noise. This is aesthetically Persian music, but feels completely out of time - it could be rooted in the past or being beamed from the far future. 'Crocuta Crocuta' is more ominous, with thick low end that eventually caves into ghostly wails and eerie vapors.
Each track expands Amini's universe, digging deeper into his subconscious and dragging out symphonic fragments or passages of industrial grit. It's a terrifying voyage into a complex electro-acoustic web of literature, antiquity and sonic futurism; ambient, it ain't.