Robert Rich - Vestiges rich19
"Adrift on slack tide
Trending out into the vestiges
of fading light
The night that dawns knows nothing
of this passing thought
Quietly slipping past the buoys
Ever farther from shore's embrace"
Robert Rich - MOTM and Euro modular, Haken Continuum, Piano,
DSI Prophet 12 and 6, lap steel guitar, Ocarina, PVC flutes.
Chari Chuang - Voice clouds on 3, 4
Dimitris Menexopoulos - Lyra clouds on 3
Recorded in 2016 at Soundscape Mountain View
Composed, Mixed and Mastered by Robert Rich --robertrich.com
“VESTIGES began as the unspoken corollary to the strong concept album 'What We Left Behind' and proves even more up close and personal. While traveling forward in his own imagination to experience the earth after human extinction, Robert Rich needed to push aside the brooding sense of melancholy and unfulfilled promise that accompanies thoughts of our own end. Well, VESTIGES explores those feelings without apology, finding catharsis in the melancholy that hovers behind its predecessor … What initially starts out from a dense and dark place transforms slowly into a next level of emotive, organic-flavored and desolate soundscapes growing tenderer and reconciled as a kind of catharsis while facing the inevitable. It reaches a first highlight and transition on the mesmerizing intense 'Spectre of Lost Light' where things dissolve in unity in the end. Immersion is deepened again on the hypnotizing textural 'Obscured by Leaf Shadows' and “Equipoise and Dissolution”. Both velvet aural perfumes feel like a hallucinogenic and surreal desolate journey beyond. Toward the end, the solitary journey we all have to make seems to dwell on effortless, descending imminently into far-off, misty borderlands and ghostly plains on 'Anchorless on Quiet Tide.' It was no repose or release I felt at the end but a brooding vast journey of darker sonic surrealism carrying on elsewhere. It makes VESTIGES an in-depth and most compelling listening experience for all of us confronted with reality and what lies beyond." --Bert Strolenberg, Sonic Immersion