Ambient Bliss: Sense – The Dream

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Artist: Sense

 

Title: The Dream

 

Released: 24th June 2013

 

Label: Psychonavigation

 

Format: Limited Edition CD/Digital

 

Genre: Ambient, Electronica

 

As summer blisters its way in, we’re blessed to have another installment in our Ambient Bliss series, this one from the Dublin based ambient label, Psychonavigation.  They offer the newest album from electronic, ambient and modern classical guru, Sense.  The release is entitled The Dream and right off, the atmosphere is deep, dark and mysterious.

 

Half submerged melodies and foggy, hazy landscapes create a very dreamlike world.  With a title like “Dream,” one can imagine quite a bit while listening to music like this.  The title, since it in itself is vague yet powerful, allows you free range to conjure up all sorts of mental imagery as you plug yourself into the tracks.  And the music doesn’t hold anything back.

 

The tracks are lush, deep, slightly haunting yet slightly warm and inviting at the same time.

There is a darker edge to it and it really leads the listener to uncharted ethereal territory, detaching him/her from reality and exploring the dream world in more detail.

The heavy use of acid-infused synth, deep hazy echoes and gentle sound clips and other synth bits bring the tracks together.  The layering and texturing is superb, giving this a mixture of sounds from Dr. Atmo,  mid 90s Namlook to Biosphere.  There are occasional vocal samples that weave in and out of dark and strange places.  This dash of organics grounds whatever might be left of the real world to the dream world.  The end result is amazing.  Very well done.

The album as a whole is one heck of a trip.  It does well to serve as a soundtrack to dreams as well as for midsummer daydreams.  Fans of Sense’s previous releases will not be disappointed.  Fans of Namlook, Biosphere, Fripp/Eno and Brian Grainger will dig this.  I cannot wait to hear more.

4.8 out of 5

 

 

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About Nick H.

I'm a geek for music whether it be on vinyl, CD, 78 or whatever. My goal is to sniff out the greated music on Earth, specializing in the obscure. I make music myself as well, mostly ambient and sound collage (1 album out and a few remixes so far). I work full time as a professional mascot (it pays the pills) but will soon retire, i hope.
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