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- Outside the Shadow of an Aliquot Tree
MP3 EP 2015 | Silber 178
5 tracks, 5 minutes
: Press Release
: Digital Booklet
Followed by One
Today we have another selection from North Carolina based Silber Records' imaginative 5in5 series, that sees the label challenge bands to make five songs with a total playtime of five minutes. Outside the Shadow of an Aliquot Tree, by the artist Chvad SB, features ambient guitars, that weave alluring melodies over minimalist synth pads. The effect is as soothing as watching a late night snowfall by a warm fire.
~ Floorshime Zipper Boots
The latest in Silber Records’ 5in5 series comes from experimental music pioneer Chvad SB. On offer are 5 ambient drone tunes each going for exactly 1 minute. There are some interesting sounds explored with a rich atmosphere. There is the field like rural sounds of Followed by one, the heavy industrial sounds of Three, and the dark spooky Missing sprout.
The trouble is the songs’ extreme brevity don’t bode well for the ambient style of the music. With only 1 minute they all finish before they really get going and thus fail to really achieve the feeling of an audio journey. Instead it feels like just a teaser of what could be.
Overall this is quite a good effort as far as a 5in5 challenge goes. It feels like the limit of 5 minutes holds the tracks back a little, nevertheless this acts as a great preview of the band’s capability!
US composer and musician CHVAD SB is perhaps best known for the bands he either leads or is a member of: Things Outside the Skin, Tongue Muzzle, Controlled Bleeding, The Qualia. He has been making outside of these bands as well, and has a career in music that goes back a quarter of a century. The EP “Outside the Shadow of an Aliquot Tree” dates back to 2015, and was released by US label Silber Records as part of their ongoing 5×5 series of experimental productions featuring 5 tracks with a total playtime of 5 minutes.
Chvad SB’s contribution are five brief forays into sounds and landscapes with a firm, hard core. Sharp echoing guitars and keyboard textures combining, menacing machine-like sounds paired off with cold, ethereal guitar details, echoing post-rock style ethereal guitar details on top of a dark menacing drone or merely cold, sharp light toned guitars backed by effects. Music with a cosmic, lost in space feel to them more often than not, cold and forlorn in the biting chill of outer space. While brief these 5 snippets of sound and atmosphere are alluring, at least as long as you enjoy mood pieces of this nature.
Echoing guitar details and drones flavored carefully with effects is what Chvad SB supplies us with on this production. Machine-like sounds and cold, biting details that for me at least brings forth associations towards outer space in general and being lost in it in particular. A production easy to recommend for those who enjoy atmospheres of this specific nature.
~ Olav Martin Bjørnsen, House of Prog
Un exercice de style peut être stérile, pompeux, fat, vain, en somme dispensable. Mais cela peut également être un challenge, ainsi que le propose le label Silber Records aux aventureux : 5 titres en 5 minutes, du speed dating musical en somme. Créer une vibration propre, un univers et le faire partager en minutes.
Ici, Chvad SB se livre à des variations autour de sa guitare. Enfin avec. Les notes suspendues accrochent l’oreille en décrivant des atmosphères désolées, lunaires, emplies de mystères et d’ombres profondes. Les échos tremblent et laissent deviner ce qui se passe au loin.
Tout en suspension, ce moment constitue une bonne mise en bouche et donne envie de s’intéresse à l’œuvre de son auteur, ce qui est l’objectif a priori de l’entreprise.
~ Les Immortels