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D&B veteran dBridge maintains his ambient trajectory from 2020’s ‘Inhibited’ LP with a spaceship porthole-gazing suite of beatless panoramas.
Paralleling similar dimensions explored by fellow D&B comrade ASC in recent times, dBridge indulges his long-held sci-fi soundtrack fascinations to the fullest with what amounts to the potential score for a deep space psychodrama. All penned in one take with myriad synths, samples, and guitar pedals, the results feel to channel classic Dopplereffekt as much as Vangelis or the isolationist electronics of Thomas Köner, but guided by a meditative, intuitive approach that’s rawer than anything found on their works, or even dBridge’s for that matter.
Operating by a sound sensitive sixth sense, the 15 tracks float from reverberant sonar bleeps in ‘The Beginnings End’ to the lonely romance of ‘The Cruel Heart’ via vaulted cosmic choral in ‘Wishful Sin’ and a gloomier variant ‘Your Unknown’, pushing into particular furrowed rumination on ‘Addicted’ and bittersweet, nerve-dancing arps of ‘Stolen Smiles’, with proper airlock ambience in ‘Idols Yet Unheard’ and a penultimate piece fulminating proper Vangelisian brass fanfare.