Album Review

Deison – “Quiet Rooms” – [Aagoo]

Thurston Hunger   4/26/2013   A Library, CD

At last, astral projection from the comfort of your
own bathtub! Or are these just the ambient dreams
of a foley artist? These four 10-17 minute tracks of
steamy ambient beams of sound float right on up
and through you. I didn’t even notice the gaps
between the tracks on my first listen. The cloudiness
of the sound, banks of synth swirl, feels like it
may have been one long piece, split into four different
hotel rooms. The album cover indicates the way to
get the most out of this release, a wide-eyed,
temple-activated immersion. I do think active
listening, as opposed to your drive-time dial-in
will pay off more, as the samples pop up like
flotsam in the ambient. Call it flotsambient, but
it triggers a detective response, maybe initially
prodded by Italy’s C. Deison being in a hotel room
and thinking, what the hell is going on next door?
Or perhaps just chilling out and saying, wow that
AC Unit just hit a really nice stride. The embedding
synth work never touches the ground, like a ghost
organ with invisible pedals. Quiet on the set and
quiet from the onset.

-Thurston Hunger

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