[Chrönique] Keosz – AVA – album – 2017.

Cryo Chamber
Slovakia
Ambient
CD

With only one album published the past year on Cryo Chamber, Keosz successed to seduce the whole ambient listeners galaxy. I must say that this first offering titled « be left to oneself » was an incredibly refined collection of soundscaping sceneries, built on tremendously serene and deeply emotional textures and patterns. No doubt that this new album was highly anticipated. Keosz is the moniker of the drum & bass producer and sound designer Erik Osvald, from Slovakia. Also welcomed by Cryo Chamber this second full length release is an other pearl in the subterranean ambient genre. The sound aesthetism, technical equipment and stylistic architecture of this album are relatively close to what we can find out on the previous opus. Once more we are under the charm of contemplative and compelling ambient pieces, brightly produced and continuously emotional. This new one is maybe a little more abstract, cerebral and spacious than ‘Be Left To Oneself’. However we are basically on the same musical territory. Difficult to not be transported by those highly moving, introspective and nebulous soundscapes. My favorite tracks are the blurry nostalgic « All I had to do », the darkly sinuous and spiritually fascinating « Downfall », the cinematic « Nothing left but gloom », the entrancing hypnotic post-rockin « Consigned to Limbo » and the magnificent spaced out dark ambient epilog « Farewell to hollow space ». The whole album is very cohesive, fruitfully imaginative and surrounded by a powerful melancholic aura. No doubt that «AVA» will ravish all ambient music fans and can pretend to be a great candidate for best 2017 releases in this specific genre.

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