Zalys "Fragments Of Life" CDr
Zalys, a French one-woman project driven by mysterious M., is releasing drone ambient outcomes since March 2013, when the album "Wandering Through Space" debuted. Since then, if I am right, another eight albums were released (including three split collaborations, two with Ukrainian Saturn Form Essence, one with Hulduefni from Portugal). What really counts for me, almost all of them were available in physical CDr formats, so kudos for that, although most of them are now sold out items, but of course you can always grab a digital format. I believe the only exception is a glass mastered CD edition of "Sublime" album published by Swedish Reverse Alignment label in November 2015. But I will focus on the last Zalys' self-released CDr album entitled "Fragments Of Life", which is out since December 2016. The album comes in a rather simple, but intensely immersing 4-panel eco wallet with foam CD hub, designed by the artist herself through Icelander Studios. At some point this one was available as a bundle with already mentioned "Sublime" CD (Sander, thanks a lot for your hint!!!), but "Fragments Of Life" limited edition sold quite quickly, so now "Sublime" remains as the only available album on physical format. I don't know how big are the limited runs, so I would strongly recommend to keep a focused eye on each future album by Zalys.
Nearly 16-minute title track "Fragments Of Life" unfolds the engulfing journey with nebulously carved extraterrestrial layers, while auxiliary hallucinogenic choir glimpses, dizzy glitchy subtleties, consonantly rumbling titillations, transient hissy traverses and oracularly echoed groans join this fascinatingly labyrinthine, dark ambient scented scenario. Magnifique!!! "The Helix" shifts into gracefully monumental realms, painted by spellbindingly mesmerizing towering helixes, warmer cinematic vistas and ascending incandescent whooshing sci-fi meridians. "The Lament Of NovA" keeps on the path of expansive euphoniousness, although persistently coalesced with amplifying eternal spirals and ear-tickling glistening tapestries. "Out Of Time" glides tightly into tenebrously immense zones, amalgamating sweeping choir-like drones with repeating cascading motifs, before clandestinely delving into unfathomably sonorous and tenaciously solitary magnitudes. The next piece, "The Whisperers", with 3 minutes the shortest cut on the album, juxtaposes desolate winds with epic, nearly symphonic panoptic crescendos and billowing undercurrents. "Escape From Reality" clocks over 12-minute mark and it's fueled my more massive drone, calmly drifting and undulating, yet later reinforced by unforeseen eruptions of rawer buzzing signals, which slightly dissolve into abyssal magmatic stratums of the void. These massive walls gradually amplify, metamorphose and reach few truly jaw-dropping, voluminously ominous vertexes. Then waning, waxing and waning again, while relentlessly guarded by thrilling reverberations with occasionally outbursting fragments. A drone phenomenon at its most transporting!!! The last two tracks, "Flares" and "Solar Wind Downfall", are listed as bonus and are remixed by jonnie13black. As additionally informed by M., "Flares" and "Solar Wind" originally appeared on "Towards The Sun" EP (January 2014), while "Downfall" was featured on "Reminiscences" album (March 2015 on Arecibo Records). "Flares" again masterfully merges helically celestial choirs with continually permeating piercing apexes, staggeringly engrossing, and phantasmally resounded mirages. The closing "Solar Wind Downfall" invades with barren monochromatic layers, yet quiveringly surging and unlocking the gates to the awe-inspiring transcendental sceneries. A pure drone elixir, well-done, M. & jonnie13black!!!
These 70 minutes long "Fragments Of Life" are utterly powerful and offer to each drone connoisseur a genuinely mind-blowing odyssey, intriguingly confronting deep space enigmas with dissonant dark ambient ventures. A very solid recording by M. aka Zalys, exhibiting her talent, insignias and potential in forging dronescaping cosmic spectacles. Sure, there is still some place for extra polishing that would bring even more multi-dimensional spectacularity to your headphones, but otherwise "Fragments Of Life" album gets my highest recommendation!!! Bravo M./Zalys and keep on droning, I will definitely keep an attentive ear to the ground!!! And last but not least, according to the latest updates, M. is also considering to reissue "The Icarus System" album (September 2014) along with the EP "Infinity" (March 2014) on a physical CDr format as both were available previously only as digital downloads. Good news indeed!
Richard Gürtler (Sep 16, 2017, Bratislava, Slovakia)
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