Surrounded in blossoming serenity, and drenched in raindrops of radio static, we start to descend into the deep, atmospheric mass which Ekca Liena and Spheruleus have carefully covered. Faint static crackles as if from an approaching cyclone, carrying electrical currents in the air as it passes closer and eventually surrounding us. A chime rings out and arises, arriving on a cool breeze and releasing the evolving ambient textures ever outwards on the breath of the air. Like Loscil expressed when he was making Grief Point, Ecka Liena and Spheruleus’ collaboration is shrouded in real ambience.
Clearly, Mapping The Boundary Layer is a labour of love; even the cover art – which is highly expressive of the music inside – was inspired in a frenetic burst by artist Johan Soderberg, who spent countless hours during one night perfecting the art. All of this highlights an exhaustive level of dedication, from both the artist and musicians, and the importance of this cannot be undervalued; it is the highest of qualities. This album was relatively long in the making, and an effort of the most loving care, in musical development, movement and placement is clearly present. A shifting momentum pulls and sucks us closer to a tornado’s heart, defeating gravity until we stand dead centre before it, watching it as it devours itself and eliminates everything else. Only then do we face the coldly glowering eye of the storm, unblinking and emotionless. An icy, blank-eyed storm still retains a beauty in its cold annihilation. It leaves rainwater washing in a flood over our feet, soaked and dazed, yet euphoric; like the feeling left behind by the static and electricity as the storm passes beyond the horizon. Raindrops conclude the album in ‘Storm Waning – Calm Warning’, a fitting end to our voyage. The wreckage amid the aftermath is the silence which the record leaves behind.
The boundary layer may forever be rooted to our level, grounded into the Earth’s lowest atmospheric point during our planet’s lifespan. Through this environmental concept, in the dust and dirt of terra firma, the music has evolved a halo, and become quite heavenly. That isn’t to say the music is wholly angelic; that isn’t quite the aim. The moist degrees in the music’s temperatures and precipitations keep everything soaked in a cool reality, and this refreshes the record and blossoms into a beautiful, gentle whirlwind. The serenity seen earlier fades away. The last of the drones has evaporated.
Ekca Liena & Spheruleus: Mapping The Boundary Layer (CD):
- Item Price: £7.99
- Listed On: July 04, 2012