Boomkat Product Review:
Rafael Anton Irisarri (aka The Sight Below) returns with a breathtaking suite of ambient panoramas bathed in tape noise, pressed in a limited run by the Room 40 label. It's an album that recalls some out-and-out scene classics, from Xela's lush 'For Frosty Mornings And Summer Nights' to Shuttle 358's much-overlooked 'Frame' and, at some points, the most desolate moments from Aphex Twin's 'Selected Ambient Works Vol.II'. The album was apparently inspired by the true story of the Salton Sea and is a follow-up to the acclaimed “The North Bend”, further developing Irisarri’s aural landscape. As the label says: " It’s a record that sounds like staring at a vast ocean in light breeze. Layer upon layer of currents swirl below the surface, while gentle surges and waves coalesce creating fleeting patterns and moments of intermeshed sonics. As these elements meet and break away again, a sense of motion - both micro and macro - is created, a rendering of the ocean calm before the inevitable storm. Coated in a thick blanket of bass tonality, flickers of light catch on the crests of these waves, uneasy jewels of sonic light that appear as quickly as they disappear." Gorgeous.