Review for OVUM by Chronotope Project

2017-08-11 06:38:08 UTC

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Crafting a concept album is an incredibly difficult task. Tying together a cohesive narrative across a record’s worth of songs isn’t just daunting, it’s an endeavour that even some of the industry’s finest have failed to do memorably. This task, however, becomes notably more difficult when you’re dealing in the abstract via instrumental soundscapes. That is what Chronotope Project, the moniker of composer Jeffrey Ericson Allen, attempts to do with his latest project, ‘Ovum.’

‘Ovum’ “is a concept album that poetically reflects on the nature of beginnings, seeds, and primordial states of being,” Chronotope Project muses in their liner notes. The project is Allen’s attempt to explore the depths of time and space utilizing complex sonic landscapes. Surprisingly, ‘Ovum’ does this particularly well, conjuring longform instrumental pieces that are worth listening to - an impressive feat.

As with any concept album, ‘Ovum’ is best served by being listened to in its entirety. This is quite the commitment given the length, but it gives the best insight into Allen’s creation. The first track, ‘Olduvai Dreams,’ clocks in at ten minutes, making in the album’s most weighty effort. It introduces a very ethereal, mystifying sound. In this track, though, it’s also a very earthy sound. The sound is chock-full of African tribal influence, Native American flutes and percussion, and so much more.

Throughout its ten minutes, ‘Olduvai Dreams’ proves completely enthralling. The title track, on the other hand, proves less accessible, digging its heels deeply into long, drawn out synthesizer sections. The track is best served by a quality sound system due to its slight variations as time goes on, but it’s definitely more nuanced in its accessibility than its predecessor.

‘Mariposa’ is very similar to ‘Ovum,’ providing a sublime dive into angelic, soft-spoken synthesizers. Some of the instrumentation draws very thin parallels to, perhaps, Nordic influence, but by and large ‘Mariposa’ lacks the earthly qualities of ‘Olduvai Dreams.’ The track culminates into a much stronger finale than ‘Ovum’ as well, one that builds as synthesized choruses and a percussion section enter the fray in a beautiful fashion.

‘Primordial’ is a rather beautiful tune, one that harnesses soft, cricket-like sound effects over soft orchestration. It feels like a combination of ‘Olduvai Dreams’ and its familiarity and ‘Ovum’ and its otherworldly nature.

‘Epiphany,’ too, proves a fairly compelling listen, the synth-driven experience is a fascinating one. The same could likely be said for the finale, too, ‘Starry Messenger.’ It is a wonderful ending that pulls flute back into the forefront, likely to strike a contrast to the first song.

‘Ovum’ is, for the most part, a strong effort. The songs are surprisingly intriguing to listen to, which can rarely be said for ten minute instrumentals. The conceptual part of ‘Ovum’ is very subjective and abstract, but it does do a fine job exploring the dichotomy between earthly and celestial sounds. On the whole, ‘Ovum’ is a treat for experimental instrumental fans worth spending time with on a good sound system.

Track List

1. OLDUVAI DREAMS

2. 0VUM

3. MARIPOSA

4. EMANATION

5. PRIMORDIAL

6. EPIPHANY

7. STARRY MESSENGER


Genre : soundscape, ambient, contemporary, progressive

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Soundtrack To Your Own Fantasy (Special Edition) by Mixtaped Monk & Cousin Silas

2017-08-02 05:19:38 UTC

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There is music that can make you want to dance. There is music that can make you happy or emotional, and sometimes even sad. But in a very niche corner of the musical spectrum dwells a type of music that can make you visualize your own story while listening to it. “Soundtrack To Your Own Fantasy,” a split album by Indian music producer Arka Sengupta aka Mixtaped Monk and British ambient music legend Cousin Silas, is a record that falls into that very musical spectrum.

Bordering around ambient, post-rock and experimental music, the album blends ambient and cinematic music sensibilities of Cousin Silas with the experimental-minded post-rock sensibilities of Mixtaped Monk. The cinematic nature of the album, when listened to as a whole, can trigger your mind to imagine your own fantasy world and play out a story in it while the album acts as its soundtrack. 

Track List


Mixtaped Monk - Let Them Play - 03:05
Cousin Silas - Remembering Days - 05:02
Mixtaped Monk - Wanderer - 03:33
Cousin Silas - Entangled - 04:18
Mixtaped Monk - Revelations - 03:48
Cousin Silas - Daylight On Saturday - 04:28
Mixtaped Monk & Cousin Silas - Awakening - 05:22
Cousin Silas - Silver Sky - 04:46
Mixtaped Monk - Twilight Wishes - 05:47


Genre : experimental, postrock, ambient, electronic, atmospheric, dreamy, electronica, ethereal, meditative, post-rock, relaxing, shoegaze, soundscape

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Soundtrack To Your Own Fantasy (Special Edition) & Cousin Silas by Mixtaped Monk & Cousin Silas

2017-07-31 06:59:28 UTC

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There is music that can make you want to dance. There is music that can make you happy or emotional, and sometimes even sad. But in a very niche corner of the musical spectrum dwells a type of music that can make you visualize your own story while listening to it. “Soundtrack To Your Own Fantasy,” a split album by Indian music producer Arka Sengupta aka Mixtaped Monk and British ambient music legend Cousin Silas, is a record that falls into that very musical spectrum.

Bordering around ambient, post-rock and experimental music, the album blends ambient and cinematic music sensibilities of Cousin Silas with the experimental-minded post-rock sensibilities of

Mixtaped Monk. The cinematic nature of the album, when listened to as a whole, can trigger your mind to imagine your own fantasy world and play out a story in it while the album acts as its soundtrack. 

Track List


Mixtaped Monk - Let Them Play - 03:05
Cousin Silas - Remembering Days - 05:02
Mixtaped Monk - Wanderer - 03:33
Cousin Silas - Entangled - 04:18
Mixtaped Monk - Revelations - 03:48
Cousin Silas - Daylight On Saturday - 04:28
Mixtaped Monk & Cousin Silas - Awakening - 05:22
Cousin Silas - Silver Sky - 04:46
Mixtaped Monk - Twilight Wishes - 05:47


Genre : experimental, postrock, ambient, electronic, atmospheric, dreamy, electronica, ethereal, meditative, post-rock, relaxing, shoegaze, soundscape

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Urban Lonesome by Mixtaped Monk

2017-05-08 04:01:13 UTC

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Mixtaped Monk is a DIY music project by a journalist and music producer (Arka Sengupta) who believes in making music that soothes the mind. This project was started as an outlet for his creative expressions. Under the moniker of Mixtaped Monk, he not only expresses himself as a music producer but also as a writer and a visual artist.

Being socially awkward since childhood, he always loved solitude. And, in his solitude, the thing which he liked to do the most is discovering music. Be it the cassette of Pink Floyd's “Dark Side of The Moon,” which he discovered, in his uncle's old room, during his early teenage, or the first mixtape that he made for a girl when he was a little bit older, music has always been his sole companion. Gradually, he picked up playing the keyboard and the guitar, started experimenting with music and realized that there is a whole world of possibilities for him to explore. That is how the idea of Mixtaped Monk started.

Mixtaped Monk's debut album, "Urban Lonesome," is a very personal and emotional album to Arka. Through sounds, it talks about the different experiences a person has and what he feels when he finally comes back home after spending 5 years in various cities following his passion. The album tries to convey how the person feels when he finds out that the city, and the whole atmosphere around it has changed drastically. He feels like he is stranded in a deserted island; friendless, lonely and anxious.

The album is inspired by Arka's own experiences after he shifted to his hometown recently. Sonically, it borders around Atmospheric, Ambient, Post-Rock and Experimental music.     

Track List

  • The Return - 02:37 
  • City Of Changes - 05:38 
  • Lonesome Drifter - 05:49 
  • Futile Festivities - 04:33 
  • Beyond Anxiety - 06:52 
  • Acceptance Bliss - 01:34


Genre : alternative, experimental, ambient, atmospheric, dark, downtempo, dreamy, electronica, instrumental, post-rock, psychedelic, shoegaze, soundscape

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New track I Will Never Unfollow You by Endless Melancholy

2017-04-25 05:35:24 UTC

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Endless Melancholy is a music project from Kiev, Ukraine, producing minimal piano and ambient sounds.

Track List


I Will Never Unfollow You - 05:00


Genre : ambient, electronic, melancholic, modern, classical, piano, soundscape, synth

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