Sunday, June 23, 2013

Encounters"Houses" EP Review

Encounters “Houses” EP

  Jacksonville’s Encounters, which is the project started last year by Ryan Reno(NRIII) and Todd Watson(Husere Grav), brings an elegant mix of dark, atmospheric ambient and drone to the table with their debut EP “Houses”. I ended up checking them out recently and was very impressed. The live set was a lot noisier than the recording, and even though I enjoyed them live, I really wish the live dark space atmosphere would have come out better in the live scenario. The atmospheres are very space sounding and dark locking you in a meditative state of mind. The feeling can be described as being encased in a dark room, or traveling into the unknown abyss of space.  One could also describe it to the close audio configuration to near death experience. I can definitely see this material being presented on a soundtrack for a silent film. Even though each track differs from the next, they all seem to coincide very well together, making for one composition with sections similar to an orchestral piece. I definitely can’t wait to see what these guys have in store for us in the future…

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