The Hidden Spring (1997)
Die's The Hidden Spring will take you unto a world of peace and serenity.
Imagine complete isolation with frogs and birds as the only creatures around.
The calming sound of water is accentuated by deep and flowing drones that are
masterfully beautiful and soothing. Italy's Stefano Musso is the guide on this
sonic journey of tranquility. This is the 4th full-length Alio Die CD and his
first since he collaborated with Robert Rich on the remarkable "Fissures"
album released by Fathom / Hearts of Space. The Hidden Spring contains ten
tracks and is 65 minutes long. Three of the songs were originally released on ND
Records as a split cassette with Francisco Lopez. One is from the limited
edition Alio Die "The Flight of Real Image" 3" CD on his own
label Hic Sunt Leones. One song appeared on the "Twilight Earth" v/a
CD on Timebase. Another was on the Promises of Silence Various Artist CD that
was originally released on his own label and then again on Projekt Records. The
four other tracks are completely new to this CD. Only three of the tracks have
been on compact disc before and all are blended into an incredibly cohesive
album. Full color packaging accompanies the sounds of Stefano Musso's lush
organic ambient textures and samples.
tracks such as "Amniotic Pot", "An Instant In Transformation",
and "The Threshold of Beauty" are first rate-subtle and multilayered,
with no visible scaffolding. "Internal
Top" is even better: Starting with a series of low, rumbling pulses, it
adds the melodious clatter of bamboo sticks, and later still, chimes and wobbly
synthesized drones that seem to contain tiny wailing voices."
Alternative Press, August 1998
Here's a collection of new (or at least "new" when this was released
in '98) and previously released
Le label américain Crowd Control Activities se diversifie encore. Après Hybryds, Brume et Atrax Morgue, il nous propose un nouveau CD de Stefano Musso. Enfin nouveau, pas complètement. On y retrouve en effet outre des inédits, quelques titres issus de compilations et d'autres parus sur la cassette "fragments", le tout ayant été enregistré entre 1993 et 1997. Bizarrement, l'ensemble reste homogène, même si les morceaux les plus récents sont évidmment plus construits et surtout d'une richesse sonore incroyable. Nappes flottantes, sons saturels profonds, rythmes envoûtants. Pure merveille.
HARMONIE / Jean-Marc Boucher autumn 1999