Atra Aeterna :: Cut / Collide (Self-Released)

A mysterious and fragile electronic release which accepts the presence of sweetly intimate acoustic timbres for a few compelling transparent cinematic moments.

atra_aeterna_cut-collideAtra Aeterna is the creative musical entity of Zack Mitchell, a young multi-faceted sound designer who published a handful of expressively soundtracky electronic inflected ambient releases. Highly prolific, this sound creator is now well-established and has received a lot of feedback thanks to his omnipresence on media networks.

Each album is self-published and available on the bandcamp page of the artist. Zack Mitchell presents here his new digital opus. After having embraced liminal music, ambient minimalism, digitalized droney experimentalism and glitch-esque sound sculptures, Atra Aeterna carry on intricate and complex electronic sound excursions, this time for a unique combination of tendencies with a very imaginative approach on synth-software technologies. Zack Mitchell is mostly known for his hybrid electronic music and its cinematic qualities.

With Cut / Collide the musical arguments are maintained but associated to a densely orchestration, to kinetic pulsating elements which guarantee a very sophisticated-structured body of sounds. The result is extremely melodic and very cohesive too with surprisingly post-techno inclinations, dream-pop ambient blissed-out washes. A mysterious and fragile electronic release which accepts the presence of sweetly intimate acoustic timbres for a few compelling transparent cinematic moments as in the superbly voluptuous “Exit To Nowhere” or in the softly dark evocative minimalism of “Mammon Machine” and the vaporous spleen-like ambience of “Veiled hours.” Each track develops its very own story with gently detached piano patterns, cyber-electronic grooves, rhythmical textures, calm and flowing synthscapes with an obvious sense of mysteriousness and feeling of quietness. An eclectic melodious ambient minimalist album which requires the attention of listeners who are into new agey harmonic piano compositions of Sanfilippo, “landscape music” and popular digitized territories of IDM.

Cut / Collide is available on Bandcamp.

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