Soundscapism Inc. – Desolate Angels

Cover artwork and booklet design by João Filipe, based on photos by Ü-Berlin Photography.

Cover artwork and booklet design by João Filipe, based on photos by Ü-Berlin Photography.

Desolate Angels is the eagerly awaited sophomore release from Soundscapism Inc., a highly anticipated successor to a debut which made a potent and well-received impact on the European post rock scene. The new offering is sure to emulate, indeed surpass the success of its predecessor with its even more accomplished, imaginative, and warmly haunting adventure.

Soundscapism Inc. is the solo project of Berlin based musician Bruno A., the founder of Portuguese/ Finnish bred band Vertigo Steps. When that band went on an unspecified ‘hiatus’, Bruno began bringing his own creative exploration to light with the release of the self-titled Soundscapism Inc. EP late 2015 quickly enticing ears and praise with its cinematic ambience, post rock climates, and acoustic beauty. It was more of an album with its nine captivating tracks and the base for the even more creatively expressive and magnetic Desolate Angels. The new evolution and craft in the project’s tapestry of sound and character was hinted at by a couple of tracks released from it towards the end of year but now in its full glory, it is a compelling proposal expanding well beyond their promise.

Swiftly as immersive and cinematically suggestive as the first release, Desolate Angels immediately caresses ears with Evening Lights. A guitar melody wraps its tender arms around ears first, additional lures warmly and firmly whispering before the track settles into an even mellower atmospheric landscape. Guest vocals from Flávio Silva subsequently emerge to add their captivating croon as Bruno’s guitar and keys weave a portrait of poetic post rock and ambient beauty. It is melancholy with a tempering charm and alluring tinges of harsher rock ‘n’ roll and quite bewitching.

The potent tones of Silva also feature on the following Supernovas At Fever Pitch, the song from another reserved opening firmly blossoming in sound and texture before his appearance, thoughtful melodies and an elegantly solemn yet again enticing air greeting him. From its initial simmer, an increasingly infectious energy and enterprise brews with a touch of Maybeshewill to it, this awakening bringing thicker wiry grooves and richer but restrained intensity to further ignite the track’s evocative heart. As the first track, it lures the imagination with ease, almost preys on it before The Mourning After pt II coaxes the listener into its relatively brief emotionally rousing instrumental waltz, subsequently leaving on a wash of melodic reflection.

Zwischenspiel I similarly draw ears into a melody persuasive romancing of thoughts and senses, its intimate seduction the echo of broader but also solitary pastures; an emotional closeness also found within the album’s title track where innocence feels shadowed by darker lurking trespasses. Touching the outskirts of ten minutes in length, Desolate Angels provides a flight of contrasting drama; dark and light toying with the imagination as Bruno conjures a soundscape of raw and equally radiant sound and suggestion which tempts like a fusion of  Sigur Rós and 65daysofstatic at times, his vocals an euphonious caress.

Through the inescapably infectious and constantly shifting stroll of Man In The Glass and the calm crystalline smoulder of Zwischenspiel II the individual presence and sound of Soundscapism Inc. is cemented, any hint offered by references to others like God Is An Astronaut for the second of this pair, just clues to something fresh and provocative.

The appetite pleasing voice of Silva makes its final appearance within next up February North, his voice a great mix of grainy and melodious temptation wrapped in the acoustic ethereal grace of Bruno’s touch and craft, essences just as refined and persuasive in the evocation spun by next up Quintessence around a narrative of vocal samples.

The album simply continues to bewitch and entice, firstly through the livelier exploits of Low-Fi Man, Hi-Tech World, the song a melody woven aural film with its rhythmic tenacity like the flickering roll of cinematic stills combining for a mesmeric visual incitement. Its striking presence is followed by the instrumental grace of Zwischenspiel III, it also a piece again with emotive shadows, and a short reprise of the title track before the increasingly beguiling Sleep Arrives Under Your Wings adds a surf rock glisten to its celestial beauty and resonance. The track is manna for ears and imagination, quickly followed by emotions and makes a magnificent close to the release though the evocative kiss of bonus track Above Us Only Sky provides the actual final moments of the album’s digital version.

There is plenty to take in aurally and emotionally within the hour of Desolate Angels, more than arguably can be assessed and appreciated in one go though perseverance in that vein only brings thick rewards. Each track works just as potently alone or in small clusters too so whichever way you approach it real pleasure and fulfilment is the result. Bruno and Soundscapism Inc. have stepped upon a new plateau with Desolate Angels with easy to suspect even bigger inventive and striking ventures to come from him.

Desolate Angels is available through Ethereal Sound Works now @ https://soundscapisminc.bandcamp.com/

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Pete RingMaster 05/03/2017

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Soundscapism Inc. – Self Titled EP

Bruno A._RingMaster Review

As for so many, a definite loss was felt when Portuguese / Finnish project Vertigo Steps went on a ‘hiatus’ with no indication of whether it would ever return. This was band which never quite hit the spotlights it deserved but was no stranger to acclaim across a trio of albums alone taking the listener on impressive progressive/ambient nurtured melodic metal adventures. It seemed like the band founder, Berlin based Portuguese musician Bruno A., needed to take time out to regroup and reflect, but whatever the reason for the band being put on ‘hold’, the wait for new immersive adventure is now at an end as the musician returns with his new solo project Soundscapism Inc. and a fascinating self-titled debut EP.

In many ways, the project is a natural progression to Vertigo Steps, the music within the EP seeded in the mellower atmospheric moments of that band. The new seven track encounter is an evolution of that swiftly honing its own individual character though, revealing new exploration in songwriting and sound through bolder and even more suggestive and intimately instrumental landscapes. Similarly an even more potent cinematic air emerges across the rich emotively hued and electronically/acoustically honed proposals making up the release too. Being the creation of Bruno A. unsurprisingly there is a definite Vertigo Steps breath to the music seducing ears but employed in a proposition revealing thicker uniqueness of its own.

Soundscapism Inc. EP_RingMaster Review     The EP opens with The Breath Of Life And All Things The Sky Looked Upon, a song instantly cradling ears in the gentle smile of keys and as quickly the intriguing coaxing of guitar. Straight away an emotional suggestiveness washes over the imagination, the dreamy air of the song blessed with celestial harmonies and angelic keys as a dark stringed romance adds to its spatial. It is a merger of shadows and warmth which suggests a personal reflection being shared, and in the imagination sparks thoughts and feelings of a lone soul beneath an expansive heaven reaching sky.

It is a mesmeric start continued by The Quiet Grand and its more earth bound atmosphere around perpetually evolving scenery of spicy blues rock flames, shoegaze calm, and post rock ambience, to slim down the creative countryside on offer. With transfixing ingredients such as the ebow, mellotron, and celesta amongst more expected instrumentation the release is a tapestry of sound and temptation; a weave sublimely blossomed in the second track and again in its successor Tomorrow´s Yesterdays. There is an introspective feel to the melancholic charm and elegant embrace of the song, keys and acoustic prowess alone like a knowing nod at the kind of emotions and thoughts inspired by lonely surroundings and experiences all have felt in some form or other.

Sommerregen is next, its initial firm rhythms the lead to a refreshing emotional stroll through a summers caress; like a jaunt through warm rain and subsequent sultry rays of sun as thoughts contemplate the beauty of it all. The craft and imagination of Bruno A. again lays like a knowledgeable hand on ears and appetite, his invention building a lazy rewarding day into a festival of energy and enticement blessed, amongst many things, by a brooding bassline and Pretenders-esque melodic enterprise.

The darker shadows and ethereal flight of Planetary Dirt is equally as bewitching, its mix of melodic radiance and more portentous hues a skilful persuasion woven through an array of flavoursome elements. The vocal sample for personal tastes does not quite work but in its brief appearance makes no impact on the glory of the piece. Another masterful element of song and all tracks is how none are cluttered or over busy, yet Bruno A. involves strikingly intricate and tenacious resourcefulness in all, the emotion and poetry of the sounds doing the story telling rather than the technical craft others might over indulge in.

With the flirtatious beauty and comforting radiant wash of Eucaliptus Song (Lullabye For Summer´s End) and the blues scented and sentiment fuelled Alone In Every Crowd, the EP comes to a captivating and enthralling close. Again the pair offers a kaleidoscope of sound and creative hints which provides the imagination with a new tale to conjure with every listen but equally an emotional tempting that instantly bares the honest heart of the song.

With guest contributions from violinist Sharalalanda Laya and double-bassist Aki Heikinheimo, Bruno A. has returned as inventive as ever. Soundscapism Inc. is not a substitute for Vertigo Steps but a brand new protagonist for ears and emotions to contemplate and deeply immerse within. Certainly fans of his previous proposal will be thrilled by the new EP but so too all fans of ambience built, cinematically coloured, and emotionally cultured rock music.

The Soundscapism Inc. EP is out now @

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Pete RingMaster 09/12/2015

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