Chris Weeks :: Black Hole (Odd John)

A beautifully sculpted deep ambient album which explores the mechanism of dreams in a quite Bachelardian, intuitively poetical mood.

Chris Weeks ::: Black Hole (Odd John)

Offered as a beautiful limited CD edition, Black Hole is the new release of sound designer and electronic musician Chris Weeks (aka Kingbastard.) Since 2005, this multi-faceted musician has published a great number of releases, mainly in digital format—most of which are available at his Bandcamp page. I would like notably to recommend the acoustically sonic, beautifully moving and tripped out soundscapes of Contemplation Moon, quite a puzzling album.

Titled Black Hole in reference to the universe physical creation, Chris Weeks’ new album explores the floating and psychic vibrations of calmscapes though a variety of continuums and long droning chords, gradual changes which interfere with electronic scintillations and brooding bass frequencies. This album shows more abstract, conceptual and experimental facets of Chris Weeks’ delicate ambient spectral music (notably in the first track.) “Event Horizon” opens the album somewhere between earliest experiments in kosmische Musik (notably thinking about the meditatively ecstatic Zeit by Tangerine Dream) but also classic works from post-modern minimalists such as Alvin Lucier, Ellen Fullman as well as the hypnotic electroacoustic work of Tod Dockstader in Aerial. “Singularity” is a more entrancing, sonorous and dynamic experience with a fancy for post-industrial / digitalized dark ambient music aesthetics. An exquisite track which represents the natural and obvious music signature of Chris Weeks. The whole piece contains an avalanche of consonant harmonies which enthrall the listening experience.

This album offers a brilliant perceptual experience about the spatialization of sounds which brings the listener to a state of wordless intimacy and introspection. To sum up things Black Hole is a beautifully sculpted deep ambient album which explores the mechanism of dreams in a quite Bachelardian, intuitively poetical mood.

Black Hole is available on Odd John.

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