Drifting spacey ambient electronica.
Source of Present is a assemblage of six silken, deeply-immersive
ambient experiences. Like the pull of an enormous galactic
ocean Max Corbacho's compositions here heave and roll in
tranquil immensity, waves and swells of sound shifting,
rising, falling in multiple tides. Having the cover art
in mind one can't escape the association between the mesmeric
music and the lush colours of the visual imagery - vivid
tonal hues bathe the senses in deep saturation, fluid drones
and glossy textures luxuriating in endless expanse. Shadows
of purple, indigo and mauve seem perfect for this music
since there is a gorgeous gloom laying down a constant undertow
to the infusions of warmth and soft brightnesses that light
the way. Each track fades gently into the next in such a
fluid way as to act as an unbroken whole, the relative fleeting
nature of the central tracks emphatic and tight whilst embraced
by the overarching tenor and traction of the central theme
such that their contributions are of equal weight.
of Present arrives in a richly-hued card digipack of two panels.
Cover art, created by Max Corbacho himself, is intriguingly
ambiguous and engrossing: twin bands of crystalline light
shaft across the front cover in lustrous diagonals, darkness
massing around like an enveloping shroud. Purple depths support
lilac and ice-blue highlights, each in constant interplay
with the other. The rear cover holds track titles, the inner
left panel presents relevant credits and website information;
simple, minimal, elegant.
latest album from Spanish ambient master Max Corbacho delivers
a highly refined ambient experience. This is serene, floatation
music of a sublime nature - delicate, subtle, serene, carrying
the listener afar. Tracks range from the twenty three minute
forty four second opener The Beginning of Remembering via
three shorter pieces, Transparent Phenomena being the shortest
at just less than four and a half minutes, to a pair of epics
at the end of nearly nineteen and thirteen minutes respectively.
Max Corbacho seems to sink his beautiful sounds in ever greater
lustre and sheen - the clarity, vibrance and intensity of
Source of Present being top notch. Explore the Max
Corbacho website for more information, visit the Max
Corbacho Bandcamp page for music samples or follow Max
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Corbacho has been crafting electronic soundscapes for almost
two decades and has progressively refined his space ambient
style since his debut, Vestiges, appeared in 1998. Experimenting
and forcing the limits of looping, reverb, Fx processing,
and sequencing, Corbacho strengthens the oceanic character
of his albums and intensifies its time-suspending quality.
Source of Present starts through the magmatic flow of "The
Beginning of Remembering", the first track of this
new album, created during long sessions between 2015 and
2017. Dramatically, the music moves slowly as cosmic, nebulous,
expansive stratums, orbiting into the boundaries of consciousness.
Focused on the more intimate and oceanic side of Corbacho,
a voice with which he began a long time ago with the soft
interaction between textured layers and dense mercurial
harmonies, the enveloping sound of these pieces forms a
fine harmonic fabric. Gradually, this music manages to install
us in a mental zone only established in the present moment,
like a disconnection from all the noise and mental chatter
that surrounds us in daily life. It moves smoothly like
long slow waves, perhaps here calmer and softer than in
recent works, giving continuity to the line undertaken in
the double album The Ocean Inside.
“I have selected this group of pieces
from a large number that was already created. Max says.
The first piece to be composed was 'The Beginning of Remembering'.
The time spent in the studio I remember as a cloud of calm,
with the soft colors of the hybrid harmonic tonalities gradually
changing and creating a myriad of sound waves, imperceptibly
morphing and at the same time repeating itself in distant
Max creates a special timbric quality in
his music by mixing shades and textures, that shift with
each other and produce a hypnotic, decelerating, sedative
effect. At the same time, the power and energy of some passages
penetrate dramatically into the very mystery of life. One
can choose how one wants to listen to this music, if in
an attentive way, by getting involved in listening, or as
a sound background filling daily activities in the day and
night. In both ways, the reward is a wondrous, deep and