Sublimatum is the recent release by Eli Balmer aka The Balmer Series. This seems to be a concept album. The artist mentions: “The Balmer Series was born on a remote island in a private universe where a woman whose earth name is ‘Elisabeth Claire Balmer’ could only exist as an orb of light with the ability to perceive all creative possibilities.”
The album starts with “Close Behind” which is made of airy synths. It’s very ambient. The feeling is warm and serene. There is a sense of peace throughout the four-plus minutes. It definitely creates a certain type of headspace.
The story begins to blossom with “Ad Infinitum” but for the most part it felt like an extension of the aesthetics of the opener. On “Centaurus” we are greeted with a sunburnt atmosphere. It’s again very warm with an emphasis on the lower frequencies. I loved what sounded like vinyl crackle.
“Ultraviolet” contains field recordings of chirping birds which combines with synths. This song is a little more involved as you have sliding elements which create this sense of ebb and flow. “Sirius” is the centerpiece and here Balmer sounds closer to an electronic artist like Boards of Canada. There are percussion instruments and more of a kinetic feel to the song in general.
“Reunion” could be the most subdued song yet while “Aletheia'' seems to introduce a synth that sounds like it has strings which makes the song bright. Last up is the very tranquil sounding “Anemoi'' which takes advantage of field recordings which sound like water.
The thing this release does brilliantly is create a seamless sense of warmth and ethereal sensibilities. It’s meditative and often hypnotic. The album is one I recommend listening to from beginning to end.
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