Mark Mahoney “Beyond the Vaulting Sky”
7 tracks, 53.06 mins
"As the low drones of the title track rumble, you know instantly that you are listening to an ambient album. A slow synth lead adds a bit of structure a couple of minutes in, wailing mournfully in a Robert Rich primordial glurp sort of way. The mood gradually brightens nicely, however, creating an ambient journey that takes a number of pleasant detours, ending with beautifully sparkling space music. “A Visit To A Most Ancient Outpost” features a gently playful oboe-like synth and a soft bass pulse in the first half and bright bubbly synths and sequencing in the second half. We move back into more ambient territory with the next tracks, one spacious and light, the other dark and deep. The latter, “Voices Within the Solar Stream” is one of the best haunting ambient tracks of 2009, full of dark choirs that reverberate into infinity. “Starfish” is a very natural continuation of that tone, reminiscent of the space music sound of Jonn Serrie, albeit a shade darker than that. “Sailing Into Calm Remembrances” has more of a Brian Eno feel about it, minimal ambient with subtle sonic colorings throughout. “Chopped Logic” sounds like its name, a quirky ambient mish-mash that entertains to the end. Mark Mahoney has nicely carved out a unique niche for himself in the ambient genre."
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