Top Bar
Musique Machine Logo Home ButtonReviews ButtonArticles ButtonBand Specials ButtonAbout Us Button
SearchGo Down
Search for  
With search mode in section(s)
And sort the results by
show articles written by  
 Review archive:  # a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z

Yann Novak - Lifeblood of Light and Rapture [Room40 - 2021]

With synthesized tones acting as long, expressive brush strokes, artist Yann Novak crafts a vivid image of sound in motion with Lifeblood of Light and Rapture. Often times like skyscrapers peaking through the fog, his latest plays like a slowly unfolding storm just distant enough to give the listener an illusion of safety, but close enough that one feels that being swept off one's feet is inevitable. A great mix of dense and open, Lifeblood pays off the patient listener.

Somewhere in between ambient and film score, Yann Novak's Lifeblood of Light and Rapture brings the listener on a sonic journey - slowly and assuredly. Composed of four long-form tracks, this album makes the most of its time and space, with interlocking and interplaying layers rising and falling like timelapsed clouds in a cityscape. Using nebulous tones, Novak is able to roll out base layers that can move at different speeds - some glacial, some quick - causing the auditory illusion of added motion and movement. Oscillations work in tandem to create rolling peaks and valleys which accentuate the higher, brighter layers, which work as a lead instrument. On the whole, each piece works with the other three to build a complete movement, all the while keeping its own identity. Similarities exist, yes, but the highlights are formed with different structures, colors, and hues, giving the overall product a vibrant dimension. Often, being in nature can feel like a religious experience, and there is a connection between that and certain soundscapes as well. The meditative, reflective nature allows the listener to go to places traditional music won't allow, and the end result is far greater than just a listening experience. The fourth song, "Silence Will Hang in the Air (When We Are Gone)," plays off of this (albeit coincidentally) and the organ-like notes bring about the feeling of sitting in a cathedral during a high mass. Cinematic at times, Lifeblood constructs a lot without using too much, and evokes myriad feelings with its sweeping highs and slowly ambulating lows. 

With its genesis in the mix of machines and the climate crisis, it's no wonder Lifeblood feels like a combination of man-made structures juxtaposing rolling clouds and air. What was designed to help has in turn started to hurt. Novak's latest is an intriguing listen that unfolds further and further with each listen.

To buy  the release direct head to here

Rating: 3 out of 5Rating: 3 out of 5Rating: 3 out of 5Rating: 3 out of 5Rating: 3 out of 5

Paul Casey
Latest Reviews

Yann Novak - Lifeblood of Light a...
With synthesized tones acting as long, expressive brush strokes, artist Yann Novak crafts a vivid image of sound in motion with Lifeblood of Light and Raptur...
011022   Universal Terror - Universal ...
300922   Applez91 - Wall Maria
290922   Earthflesh & Eyerolls - Elem...
290922   Altars - Ascetic Reflection
290922   Burning an Illusion - Burnin...
280922   Human Lanterns - Human Lanter...
280922   Scary Tales - Scary Tales(Blu...
270922   Russian Circles - Gnosis
260922   Martin Taxt - Second Room
260922   Alex Zethson - Residy
Latest Articles

Joe Sherlock - The King of modern...
Oregon-based Joe Sherlock is one of the more distinctive of modern low-budget genre directors- his work blends sci-fi and horror tropes, with wacky and often...
150922   Joe Sherlock - The King of mo...
230822   Sdug Bsngal - Some Scars Run ...
020822   The Night Porter & Slowgurn p...
200622   The Worse Album In The World ...
240522   Noir On Powerhouse Films - Fr...
260422   Schloss Tegal - Back To The ...
230322   The Residents - Fifty Years ...
170222   Dave Phillips - The Humanimal...
270122   Glemt - Dark and Deranged Spi...
211221   Best Of 2021 - Music, Sound &...
Go Up
(c) Musique Machine 2001 -2017. Celebrating 16 years of true independence!! Mail Us at questions=at=musiquemachine=dot=comBottom