Mesmeric Revelation (1998)
Spirits is drone manipulator Alio Die's collaboration with Raffaele Serra.
Together they craft a subtle, melodic study of mesmeric proportions, with a
resounding delicacy not usually heard in the dark reality of Alio Die. Synth
augmented silence made palpable: Five untitled tracks, no guidelines for
perception (no tracks entitled, say, "Into The Mystical Valley Of Petrified
Dreams", or some such concoction, which could possibly influence one's
perception of the sounds incorporated therein, as opposed to the bungee drop
approach of untitled tracks) except in the ears of each individual listener.
Raffaele Serra and Stefano Musso (Alio Die) specialize in rich, full-bodied
sonicscapes that swirl and surround, tethered to crevices in the void, whether
via chips of plastic crumbling off of the drone-chiseled facing of a radiant
sonic plateau (track three), or sailing on obsidian waters, the horns of night
extinguished by wooden mallet on steel thunder strikes (track five), or simply
capturing within the layered synth net, the cadences of resolute, comforting
solitude (track four). A subtly powerful journey that opens the ears to the vast
unexplored landscape within the mind...