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SUBINTERIOR - The Chrysalis Secret

Format: CD-R
Label & Cat.Number: AFE Records afe068lcd
Release Year: 2006
Note: back in stock last copies, first album on AFE for the great Italian "dream drone" project (known from the doLP on Denovali); lim. 100 full-colour cardboard cover; SOLD OUT at the label
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Italys SUBINTERIOR belongs to the most interesting drone / dark ambient-newcomers lately, this is simply excellent dark drone ambience - this is dark, but not gothic or depressive at all.... more a metaphysical darkness !! Excellent and highly recommended !

" 'The Chrysalis Secret' is Andrea Freschi's fourth work and comes after the self-released "Outfall" and "Insomnie" (both recently re-issued as a full-lenght disc by Silentes), and "Obstacles", which was released in Japan by Deserted Factory. The album clearly showcases Subinterior's skills at creating good dark atmospheres and it's another step forward in his music career. It's impressive that, as usual, almost no synthesizers and samples were used during the creative process: the equipment used to create "The Chrysalis Secret" simply consists of a mini-disc recorder that was mainly used to capture sounds and noises created by millers, lapping wheel, lathes, industrial refrigeration plants, safety doors and other unusual "instruments"...
These recordings were massively processed and assembled using computer technology and softwares, and turned into the finished work.
"The Chrysalis Secret" is a long evocative track divided in three parts. The journey begins with a sort of repeated bell-like sound which is soon backed by an unsettling and obsessive echoed pad. Along the road we encounter deep drones - both of a windy and metallic nature - and abstract textures keep on overlapping themselves creating slow but ever changing atmospheres, like an infinite serie of reflections created by subtly different distorting mirrors. Low frequencies make room for more recognizible sounds of what seem to be flowing water and animals. We can even imagine (...or are they really there?) a few piano notes at some point... Sometimes the music seems to stop and drones turn into a minimalistic affaire, but suddendly melodies emerge from the background filling the air with colours for a while, just before turning back to black again.
Intertwined with some isolationist passages, "The Chrysalis Secret" offers many abstract moments and more complex sections of aural psychedelia. We can't help to recommend it, even to our most demanding listeners." [label info]