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Conor Fynes
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2 stars 'Light, Sound, Sacral Geometry & Energy' - Senmuth (4/10)

With such a vast amount of albums already done, it must be a very difficult task for Russian artist Senmuth to come up with original pieces of work to dish out. While he has achieved some fresh sounding albums in places, a great deal of his work seems as if it is being replayed on different albums; the details may be different, but the general feel and sound of the music is the same. With the verbosely titled 'Light, Sound, Sacral Geometry & Energy,' Senmuth takes the indian/raga sound that was developed on albums like 'Precession' and 'Rajas,' and explores the region again, adding perhaps a dash more of an electronic influence here. While the music is well-executed for an indie production and there is good intelligence to the composition, the lack of exploration that really makes music inspiring and passionate is really lacking here, making for a painfully mediocre experience.

Admittedly, my expectations were a little higher for 'Sacral Geometry' than the majority of Senmuth albums. The album appeared to be bound by some abstract concept of eastern spiritualism, which suggested to me that this was going to be a much more engaging and thoughtful production of Senmuth's than might be usual. However, everything from the synthesized piano and sitar to the cheaply emulated orchestral sounds make for a generally lacking sense of feeling and vibrance to music that may have been alot more enjoyable, had it the touches of human musicianship.

The compositions are generally quite well structured; multiple layerings of sound are programmed throughout the mix, and for this, we must give Senmuth credit. While this may not be as enjoyable a recording as one might hope, it is impressive that one man could arrange all of this music in such a short period of time. While this is ambient music first and foremost, there is definately a level of structure to the music that doesn't reveal itself until after a few full listens have been achieved. Even then however, there's still quite a bit of human passion, variety, and melodic presence missing from this operation.

Certainly not one of Senmuth's better albums; this ambient raga piece may be avoided by anyone not looking for something of the vein. An interesting attempt at binding album concept has been done here however, which is a hopeful prospect for potential future Senmuth albums.

Conor Fynes | 2/5 |


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