Fans of dark, somber, ambient EM will not be disappointed by
vidnaObmana's release, Spore. Filled with vidnaObmana's
trademark "cavernous" sound, the nine tracks on this CD are
eerie, tense, droning, and ethereal. The album begins with the track titled,
"Through the Collective Pain," which slowly fades into
consciousness, reverberating and thrumming its way into the forefront. "The Humanity
Underneath" begins with a subdued screeching, building in intensity,
weaving an agonizing path through the consciousness, then diminishing
to its climax, with a relief felt much like that at the conclusion
of an amusement park thrill ride.
"Skin Strip" is a pulsing, eerie blend of
throbbing beats, murmured voices, dark electronics, and hypnotic trance effects. Other
cuts, with titles such as "The Nihilist,"
"Creep-Isolation Trip," and "Resonant Gore" provide not-so-subtle clues as to the nature of
the music on this CD. "Abrasive" is the word used by vidnaObmana to
describe the feel of his electronic music, and it is a word that fits. With over
35 CDs to his credit, vidnaObmana (the name means 'optical illusion')
has carved out a name for himself in the world of dark ambient EM. He
has collaborated with other notable names in the field, such as
Steve Roach, Robert Rich, Alio Die, Brannan Lane, and is thus a
"heavyweight" in this field.
This is not music for everyone, or for anytime. It can
confound, confuse, irritate and frustrate. It can set one's nerves on
edge, yet it can also be eerily soothing at the same time. It can take
one into mental neighborhoods where traveling alone would be
ill-advised. Spore is a CD that should have a warning label affixed to it. But
if you're a vidnaObmana fan, you already knew that.
Reviewed by Fred Puhan for