Dronny Darko & protoU :: Earth Songs (Cryo Chamber)

This music breathes. It whispers from the pulsating depths of boundless panoramic dreams, percolates effortlessly through the speakers, creating a window of sorts, a way of looking—and maybe even entering—into another world.

Dronny Darko & protoU :: Earth Songs (Cryo Chamber)

For the second time this year, prolific dark ambient label Cryo Chamber distinctly deviates from its signature sound and style. The first time was in March with Northumbria‘s enchanting Helluland, and now it’s with this highly evocative collaborative effort from Kiev-based artists and lovers Dronny Darko and protoU. Darko had already released an album on Cryo Chamber last year, a rather aggressive and shadowy one that sits fittingly in the label’s catalog. The cooperation with protoU somewhat softened his touch, and resulted in a more alluring and caressing album, aptly entitled Earth Songs.

This music breathes. It whispers from the pulsating depths of boundless panoramic dreams, percolates effortlessly through the speakers, creating a window of sorts, a way of looking—and maybe even entering—into another world. The sound design, subtle yet soul-arousing, soaked in field recordings, undulates seductively, circulates assertively. You can feel the murmur of the wind, the moistness of the soil, the wild, restless yet soothing activity of creatures of all kinds beneath and above. It’s a spacious world, futuristic, but ancient mysticism leaks out of every pore, out of every shade. A bustling, stimulating flora and fauna. An intoxicating yet meditative sensory experience.

Cryo Chamber has been very loyal to its ethos, consistently releasing high quality dark ambient , digitally, and physically on CDs with attractive artwork—usually done by Simon Heath (head of Cryo Chamber), a.k.a. Atrium Carceri, Sabled Sun and Krusseldorf, who also does the mastering for all the releases. The label has a loyal and gradually growing crowd thirsty for this kind of music. A crowd who consumes almost every release with great pleasure. Personally, I find Helluland and Earth Songs more effective than any other album on the label’s catalog, and wish to get anomalies from Cryo Chamber more frequently.

Earth Songs is available on Cryo Chamber.

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