Amongst Myselves - "Fragments"
(Amongst Projects 2010, SG-15)
From Aural Innovations #42 (May 2011)
Fragments is, in the creators eyes, a remix of his previous three albums, Still Life, Sacred Black and Autumn Silhouette, which he likens to KLF's Chillout, of which he is a big fan. Well, having never heard any of the albums, nor KLF's, I'll plough straight in.
It flows very much in the sound creation vein, mellow and minimal, with a focus on the electronic meditation aspect. At times it is almost none music, focusing more on subtleties of sound rather than notes, as I think it should be, if the journey into the mind is the desired destination, which it obviously is. It is a definite headphone album.
If I were to liken it to anything I would say that it is very similar to some of the material coming from the Black Note label. Kyron in particular springs to mind as the sound and structure on Fragments is similar to his early albums, but there are also many similarities to many other artists out there, ranging from Tangerine Dream, Klaus Shulze, and Steve Roach through to Graffiti 61 and Kyron. All of which have that hypnotic aspect, very minimal and repetitive throughout.
The sound is crisp and the production is excellent. Every detail of sound can be heard with clarity and vigor. Excellent focus for the journey deep into the frequencies of light, as it was!
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Reviewed by Albert Pollard