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DIAMONDSTEIN & SANGAM - "The Ocean Between Us"

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Diamondstein & Sangam - “The Ocean Between Us”

(Doom Trip Records)

Thus arrives the much anticipated second team-up between Diamondstein and Sangam - a jazzy, rain-soaked night drive in an imagined 80’s film. The Ocean Between Us is a high-dollar injection of absolute mood. Mood drenches every inch of this record, from the swirling synths of the opening track, April 1987, to the hazy patch of fog that briefly wafts by in the closing track, Here is Where I Sit, this release delivers everything which it promises, neatly topping the duo’s previous Doom Trip release, Lullabies for Broken Spirits.

For reference on what to expect in this release - see the track Finding Peace Where There Isn’t. Built from an ambient backer, with a driving synth loop, and a electronic drum sounds that merge together to evoke distant stretches of lonesome highway and long, thoughtful gazing at the starry horizon as desert, city, and mountain pass by the windows of an ever-moving automobile, traveling from one emotion to another, always maintaining that elevated sense of tone, imbued with draught of heightened feeling.

Feeling is the main instrument used in this work, an instrument that both artists wield with proficiency and tightly focused intent. If you’re looking to go on a journey without leaving, or you are leaving on a journey and need a true accompaniment, this one is for you. The Ocean Between Us, a stylish record deserving of presentation in LP format, (a first for the label,) is now available.

Gray Lee

https://doomtrip.bandcamp.com/album/the-ocean-between-us

SANGAM-”Departure”

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Sangam-"Departure"

(Aescape Sounds)

Before you do anything else, click the Bandcamp link at the bottom, take a deep breath, and let the music wash over you as you read this.

You are now entering a drony dreamscape, an unreal realm.

Swelling synths, elven choirs and natural sounds inhabit this sonic space and with each intricate layer entice you deeper and deeper into this bewildering but strangely familiar world.

The creator of this world, Sangam, guides you gently through his digital dominion and reveals in small glimpses all that goes on in his kingdom.

Sailing Heart casts ominous foreshadowings with its lush string pads, arpeggiating synths and the hints of a melody that never seems to resolve itself.

The heavenly title track shines the blessed light of transcendence with its angelic choir and washes away all impurity with its cleansing rain.

The enchanted forest of Cogent (Feat. Rhucle) will absolutely spellbind you as the rain falls once again in the stillness of sylvan solitude.

You probably want this experience to continue, right? Well, the digital download is name your price, so you really don’t have an excuse, do you?

However, a digital deity with the awesome power of Sangam deserves a much better offering than such a pathetic pittance.

We will PERISH without his nurturing rain to once again replenish our barren musical landscape!

Therefore, we must honor him with a sacrifice that befits his musical majesty or risk displeasing him.

No, no no. No blood sacrifice is necessary.

A cassette or vinyl purchase will do nicely.

Theron Willis

https://aescapesounds.bandcamp.com/album/departure