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Review: 'A-Sun Amissa'
'Desperate in Her Heavy Sleep'   

-  Album: 'Desperate in Her Heavy Sleep' -  Label: 'Gizeh'
-  Genre: 'Ambient' -  Release Date: '26th March 2012'-  Catalogue No: 'GZH37'

Our Rating:
Deeply atmospheric, from the outset this album casts long shadows and builds a subtle yet undeniable tension. The ten-minute opener, ‘Arm in Arm to Full Awakening’ segues three parts ‘Rusted Clocks Sing Faded Hymns / Woven / Nomere’– into into the darkly melancholic and appropriately-titled ‘Dislocated Harmony: Into Small Cold Eyes / Several Miles Above’. Melody is deconstructed, the sombre notes echo amidst a cavernous reverb while disconcerting breaths come in fits and starts before a swell of ambience drifts like a heavy mist, descending like a veil laced with toxins over the fading scene. Sonorous notes hang in the air, chimes decay against a low rumble...

Mournful strings lie heavily across the bleak ‘A Hungover Whisper’ which comprises ‘Thin Light Failure / Decay’, a journey through the darker recesses of an uncharted territory that ebbs and flows and instils a sense of discomfort while at the same time hinting at the ethereal and the majestic.

The terrain shifts once more on ‘Speechless Turns: Hung Up / Rejoice Me More than Mine’, yet the temperature remains chill, as icy tendrils of sound wrap themselves around the listener and send shivers down the spine before the epic closer ‘Ceremony’ delivers a final expanse of moody soundscaping, concluding a breathtakingly rich, evocative and darkly atmospheric recording.

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  author: Christopher Nosnibor

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A-Sun Amissa - Desperate in Her Heavy Sleep