When we first reviewed Josh Evans one track EP called Purgatory, which he released in May he had just started making music a couple of months prior. Since then he has released a number of other tracks and seems to be improving. One of his latest pieces is called Andromeda, which is a two-part album that takes some of the qualities (atmospheric, meditative, hypnotic) of his first “purgatory” and flushes them out.
The first track is “Andromeda 1” which is 31 minutes and 40 seconds long. He utilizes voices, distorted organs, reverberation and down-tuned guitars to create a sense of stillness and calm. Listening to this track may be a shortcut to becoming a disciplined monk who does little more than tend to his sanctuary and enjoy the nature around him. It is not only the constant vacuum of sound that gives you a sense of peace but the notes that play in the background that sound as if they were placed a thousand miles away. By the 15-minute mark the music feels like it’s not even there because it is so subtle. It’s the kind of music they should play in subways at rush hour to lessen the sense of anxiety some people may feel.
“Andromeda II” does not have the same sense of peace that “Andromeda I” had. Instead we are greeted with ominous overtones that have industrial elements as well as oscillating sine waves, which embed a sense of apprehension. There are more transitions and more for your ears to grab on to with this track but it may be less appealing to those who enjoy a serene, tranquil type of canvas.
Evan’s music is solid and continues to improve. Fans of artists such as Tim Hecker, William Basinski and Fennesz should listen and keep an eye on Evans to see what he has in store for the future.
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