John Vorus "Transmuting Currents" CD
Even if released back in 2006, I always wanted to put down few lines about this extraordinary oceanographic observation captained by John Vorus. Yes, "Transmuting Currents" is an album that will undoubtedly please all aficionados who are not afraid of deep diving to explore spectacular aquatic sceneries, an absolute must, not only sonically, but also visually!!! Stunningly executed cover artwork and packaging features really gorgeous custom made die cut fiberboard CD wallet with slip case and beautifully interacting matte and glossy prints. Definitely one of the most beautiful artworks in this genre, well done John (with the help of Kevin Swope, Alisa Carswell and Brian Hussey)!!!
We enter coral gate and dive into this fascinating underwater world with "Transmigrate", a composition constructed with abyssal watery drones with silently emerging tribal trancey grooves, an amazing intro! Tribal-infused "Ripple Effect" belongs to the most active pieces of this sea journey. Deeply cavernous and mysterious "Cove" with fragile sounds of dripping water and hypnotic drifts serves another gate for sinking into the darkest blue hole. "Tide Pool", with highly organic and slowly culminating static colossal underseascapes, navigates us into another enormously submersible odyssey to explore exotic oceanic creatures, breathtaking!!! Just like the next, "Water Cairn 1", that floats in untouched depths and is richly colored with assorted environmental sound effects. Rhythm infuse "Swampland Dub", where tribals step into the fore with various percussive sounds and John's didgeridoo wizardry joins the expedition for this truly unique and exciting electro-acoustic adventure, tribal/sea magnificence!!! Gently hypnotic trance beats and pulses color absorbingly relaxing "Remote Viewing". Massive otherworldly drones, that lead "Meridian", are soon enriched by high-tech bubbling and gurgling pulses, another splendid aquatic tranquilizer!!! Closing 16-minute opus "Krill" explores the beauty of colorful underworld with more ethereal and subterranean ingredients, a truly mesmerizing outro!!!
Not to forget two facts, iconic Steve Roach is responsible for mixing and co-producing mastery and 10 percent of the value of this CD is donated to Surfrider Foundation, protecting oceans, waves and beaches in about 15 countries around the world. "Transmuting Currents" CD is an ultimate debut masterwork loaded with art that offers also an amazing headphone listening experience!!! I wish this is not the last sonic statement by this crafted and refined explorer. More please, John!!!
Richard Gürtler (Oct 08, 2011, Bratislava, Slovakia)
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