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Almost four years have passed since magnificently absorbing deep space odyssey "Distant Stars" CD (out on Lotuspike in August of 2010). In the meantime Lotuspike gang has joined their kindred spirits at Spotted Peccary and this label welcomes and celebrates the newest album by Rudy Adrian entitled "Atmospheres", released during March 2014. Still keeping in mind the immersing tranquilizers such as "The Healing Lake", "MoonWater" or "Desert Realms", I can't wait to dive deeply into the heartwarming soundscapes of this respected New Zealander. Photography and design gurus Jourdan Laik and Daniel Pipitone are on hand to deliver the most suitable visual expression for Rudy Adrian's intensely evocative soundscapes. The first examination of 4-panel eco wallet clearly confirms their craftiness.
"Apple Tree Bay" immediately embraces the listener with its pristine soothingness and scenic magnificence, which masterfully captivates the memories of Rudy Adrian, when exploring gorgeous landscapes as a youth with his father during their hiking and kayaking journeys. Tranquil field recordings and fragile sounds of chimes ring in tender symmetry with meandering washes, while subtle wind dissonances and hummed fragments cruise above juxtaposed with vague bass circles. A stunningly evocative intro, Rudy Adrian is back in full strength!!! The track title "Atmospheres" dives into darker drone terrains, emphasized by mysteriously perplexing reverberations, but its comforting organic feel occurs at irregular intervals. This composition ingeniously bridges dimmer motifs with brighter subtleties, another very strong piece!!! "Willow Bank" remains in intensely evocative terrains, where monumentally surrounding contemplative waves, spiced by assorted deep drones and otherworldly traceries, are carefully counterpointed with flickering pristine tinkles. "Blue Horizon" floats on tranquilly meditative wings of its predecessor and occasional trademarking hums appear on the skyline. A pure medicine for your mind!!! But Rudy Adrian keeps on transcending, "Through A Cave Into Another World" takes the listener into magnificently spectacular underground sceneries led by gorgeously immersing tinkles and backed by soothingly monochromatic drifts. But along the way balsamic shakers steal the forefront and masterfully intertwine with utterly poignant wordless vocals by Rudy. The track title is sufficiently precise. As always, Rudy Adrian is using his voice in exceptionally breathtaking way, this is undoubtedly absolutely thrilling and awe-inspiring listening experience!!! "Amber Skies" attracts quickly with its soothingly winding wide-screen nostalgia. The next composition, "Beyond The Silver River", is again, as the opening piece, dedicated to Rudy Adrian's father. Rich natural field recordings are amalgamated with expansive washes and Rudy's unique, nearly ethereal voice expression and overtone chanting. A few discordant embellishments inconspicuously sneak in here and there along with identifying hums, rattle sounds and distant sparse bass oddments known from the opening composition. Another top-notcher!!! "The Temple On An Island" paints magnificently mindscaping images, easily recognizing Rudy Adrian's enchanting signature sound melting monstrously impressive and deeply transporting monochromatic panoramas with always delicate radiant, organic nuance. Bravo!!! The closing cut, "Dreams Of SubAntarctica", is a reissue of the track taken from the album "SubAntarctica-Atmospheric Works Volume One", self-released by Rudy Adrian on CDr in 1999 as his debut album. A quite cinematic texture cascading through various dramatic peaks and vistas. Again intensified by Rudy's vocal wizardry and sporadic humming groans, although safely heading toward untouched coastal sceneries.
Rudy Adrian is back and "Atmospheres" album presents him at the very top of his game with all insignias featured!!! This is a really triumphant return, welcome back, Rudy!!! Yes, the long wait was definitely worthwhile, but keep in mind, Rudy, your sublime soundsculpting is always needed and I simply can't imagine to wait again four years... In any case, "Atmospheres", mastered by Spotted Peccary's Howard Givens, is another must-have landmark by this ambient virtuoso from Dunedin, in the South Island of New Zealand!!!
Richard Gürtler (Apr 26, 2014, Bratislava, Slovakia)