Immersion Theory "The [Icarus] Foray" CD
Wow, what a nice surprise here by the project that was completely unknown to me. John-Mark Austin is the sole member behind Immersion Theory and "The [Icarus] Foray" album might be his debut work released back in 2007. This is another proof of the fact there is still a lot of unrecognized and underrated artists who don't get the attention they deserve.
After having explored "The [Icarus] Foray" I am including Immersion Theory without any hesitation among the biggest sonic architects in the space music genre. The album opens grandiosely with "Icarus One", a composition that left me immediately breathless. This is absolute beauty comprised of softly floating space washes transforming at the end into more orchestral mood, but all the time delicately enriched by heavenly choirs on the background and astronauts' radio transmissions placed to the fore, some Morse Code sounds are presented to. This is amazing blend of ethereal beauty and outer space NASA communications. Real 15-minute winner I must say, just like the next piece, "Echoes Of Apollo", slightly darker, more drifting piece, even if without angelic choirs, but still heavenly unfolding. In the first half of "Resonance" some more rhythmed and more evolving monumental turnovers are added to the overall slowly fading away floating content. Closing 22-minute opus, "Solar Garden" is by far the most colorful composition on album with again presented choirs, but also field-recordings of a thunder storm, bubbling water, bird calls, some additional space rumblings... all wrapped into gradually changing, culminating and gracefully crafted orchestrations, the track title was chosen more than perfectly.
Wonderful voyage, plus nicely executed artwork and no one else but maestro Robert Rich behind the mastering desk, now you can easily imagine what you are missing in your collection...
Richard Gürtler (Feb 06, 2011, Bratislava, Slovakia)
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