Impossible Landscape

Impossible Landscape

DeeperNET

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Listen 1. Aether
Listen 2. Fractal Dimension
Listen 3. Fluid in Blue (featuring Zefora)
Listen 4. Planum
Listen 5. Movements
Listen 6. Illuminated by Ultraviolet
Listen 7. Thought Drop
Listen 8. Falling Through (featuring Zefora)
Listen 9. Astral Body
Listen 10. Aphelion
Listen 11. Quantum Teleportation

DeeperNET, the high-energy electronic project of Portland, OR based musician Andrew Miles, presents Impossible Landscape, the project’s second full length release on the Spotted Peccary sub label O3E. This intricate, powerful electronic soundscape pulses and probes with mesmerizing detail, provoking abstract senses of terra firma on alien worlds.

From downtempo grooves to lush ambient meditations and washed-out acoustic elements, this cross genre release deftly weaves haunting melodies and motives across more viscous atmospheres of custom crafted software and hardware instruments, only occasionally extracted by the very organic dream-like vocals of guest artist ZEFORA.

Impossible Landscape begins with “Aether” which is a departure from last year’s One.  Exploring new grounds of IDM, and downtempo, the album still retains sonic signatures of DeeperNET’s sound.  Powerful synth layers and sequences fade into wild and complex rhythms which pull the listener in to the second track, “Fractal Dimension.”  The soft touches of ambient build to extreme moments of climax, a journey seamlessly choreographed into a multiverse of sounds.  “Fluid In Blue” unveils the ethereal voice of ZEFORA on yet another complex expansion of acoustic and synthetic instruments, and crafted sound design.  Impossible Landscape keeps its vast momentum until the last moments of “Quantum Teleportation,” a true finale to a dynamic and masterful ambient electronic album.

A work in progress that spans many years, Impossible Landscape represents a destination achieved where alien tapestries synthesize with our human experience.

 

Reviews

A review from MantaRayPictures.com | Read Full Review
"life-affirming work that is creative, innovative and inspirational"

The latest album from DeeperNET is absolutely invigorating. From the start, “Aether,” I was jazzed with life-affirming work that is creative, innovative and inspirational. I love the patterns and skipping percussion that spark this opening tune.

All sorts of electronic sounds surround “Fractal Dimension” with light.

It was cool hearing female vocalist Zefora add her voice to the melody of “Fluid in Blue.”

Andrew Miles (a.k.a. DeeperNET) comes up with some beautiful rhythmic structure in “Movements.” Hypnotic keyboard lines twirl and spin around slapping percussion to make for fun seven and a half minutes. The deep synthesized notes that rise up and blare out in almost low brass fashion is unusual and in a way reminds me of something John Carpenter would do for a film. The way the keyboard line spirals up like the vortex of a tornado about three and a half minutes in, is awesome.

There’s something about “Illuminated by Ultraviolet” that makes it feel Asian. The soundscape is pretty vast with all sorts of little flourishes that make it interesting to experience.

I enjoyed how the dark notes of “Thought Drop” slowly move in purposeful manner. It’s definitely one of my favorite pieces on this CD.

The little sparkling notes in “Astral Body” sound like a computer that’s gone haywire and could explode. Miles really manipulates the sound in the ninth track by chopping, looping, repeating and having the music give the sensation of an outer body experience.

Deeper NET saves the longest track for last. “Quantum Teleportation” is 10-minutes long and features glacial swells of ambience, stomping drums and wraps this offering as nothing but a good time.

- Terry Wickham, MantaRayPictures.com

A review from Exposé Magazine | Read Full Review
"Fans of Steve Roach, The Orb, or even Daft Punk will appreciate the rich mixture"

DeeperNET is the nom de plum of Oregon-based musician Andrew Miles. For his sophomore outing he mines the same heavily layered electronic sounds that infused his 2013 debut, One. Fans of Steve Roach, The Orb, or even Daft Punk will appreciate the rich mixture of analog waveforms, synthesizer atmospherics, and processed rhythms spread across these 11 tracks, all capably engineered into vast, dynamic soundscapes. With the confidence of One under his belt, Miles allows himself to stretch out a bit more by incorporating enticing acoustic textures into tracks like “Fluid in Blue,” which also features the sensual vocals of Zephora. Elsewhere, as on “Fractal Dimension,” he turns the clock back to the sort of bouncy electronic rock that served Alan Parsons so well in the 70s, and he even dabbles in thick, Schulzian analog goodness on tracks like “Thought Drop.” But most notable are the use of bleeding edge stylings that have turned up in clubs across Europe, including razor-blade track splices, skittering percussion, spurting synths, distorted drums, and downtempo grooves. What makes it all hang together is Miles’ affinity for building each track around a melodic or rhythmic focal point — as much as one can expect in the realm of EM anyways. This is where his musical voice is most evident and for the most part his ideas succeed. It all makes for a varied collection that most EM fans should find to their liking, as long as they don’t mind some of the more modern flourishes.

- Pauk Hightower, Exposé Magazine

A review from Synth & Sequences | Read Full Review
"good intelligent synth-pop"

The first note which falls is resounding and skipping from an ear to another, revealing in its jerky tumult a delicious melodious approach which reminds Jerome Froese's style. Ambient and swirling slightly in some lunar waves of synth, the rhythm feeds on slamming percussions. The melody, always fragile, throws its seraphic charm while quite slowly "Aether" dives into a static whirlwind where everything becomes in suspension. Rhythm and melody fall in a sound slump. A kind of break-beat eaten away from everywhere by jerky stroboscopic lines where elements stutter in a phase of morphic dance, which little by little stabilizes and returns to its banging and lively pace as well as its melody slowly magnetizing. After a first album which had seduced the scene of IDM, techno, trance and Goa (The album One-SPM 2201) last year, DeeperNET comes back on the tracks again with a clearly less rebel album. With a collection of 11 music pieces which lulls between rhythms bordering to soft techno and a kind of synth-pop à la Jerome Froese into moods a bit more ethereal, “Impossible Landscape” aims to be an album of compromise which can reunite through its 71 minutes the fans of IDM to those who like that when things are a little more romantic, when the rhythms are a little lighter.
There are always rhythms of fire which are at times broken by meditative ambiences like on "Fractal Dimension" which, after an intro fed by hoops which glide in ethereal frames of mind, offers a techno as ambient as organic with crisscrossed sequences and gurgling keys which lean on sober pulsations and technoïd percussions. The melody is spheroidal and swirls in concert with fat sequences while the music is eventually diving into a very floating cosmic passage. I call this a vertical techno. Intelligent techno? This is not really violent and we skip on the spot such as zombies which smell the flesh through every sonic pulsation. After two solid opening acts, Andrew Miles offers a more ethereal, amore poetic musical vision with the delicate voice of Zefora which floats on a nice ballad rocked by somber, a bit howling, synth layers and notes of an acoustic guitar forged in the interstices of the Virus T1. The rhythm is slow. As slow as the percussions which knock it out and drives the track towards beautiful smooth zones as mystic as angelic. I think it's a good intelligent synth-pop like the very pleasant "Illuminated by Ultraviolet"; one of the good tracks here strongly filled by the influences of Jerome Froese. Moreover, the parallel with Froese son is completely indicated to explain better this last album of DeeperNET. On “Impossible Landscape” Andrew Miles concocts a beautiful cocktail of rhythms to the diapasons of any instinct and of melodies carrier of earworms that enchants in a universe of percussions and very attractive drummed chords; the skeleton of "Illuminated by Ultraviolet" and also "Movements" which clean out our ears with a techno (I'm always hearing Jerome Froese) with fat sequencing chords which spits a resonant sonic poison. The rhythm divides itself between its muffled hammerings, its technoïd pulsations, its percussions which sound like register cash money and its crisscrossed sequences which intertwine with lines of melodies floating such as spectres hermits of their wandering. "Planum", just like "Thought Drop" and the very melancholic "Aphelion", propose us a more ambient version of DeeperNET while that "Falling Through" plunges us into a fascinating universe of tribal meditation with thunders of Japanese percussions which bear the delicate voice of Zefora and the layers of synth which waltz in some very ethereal horizons. "Astral Body" distances itself with an approach which mixes synth-pop and psybient. The rhythm is solid with good percussions and the melody finds refuge in a kind of talk-box which gets loose in a stroboscopic spheroidal movement. The ambiences are forged in an electronic approach as cybernetic as organic. It's something that we have already heard (Shpongle?) which remains really effective. The album ends with a very IDM approach where percussions hammer a galloping hypnotic rhythm and lines of sequences swirl in a jerky way. Flavored by organic sonic effects and by stroboscopic sequences, "Quantum Teleportation" is a very DJ kind of track. A work of dance music embalmed by effects and by cosmic electronic pads. We have our ears as full of tones as our feet filled of blood.DeeperNET is undoubtedly a good find of the Spotted Peccary label and its more invigorating division O3E. Andrew Miles is the architect of an album much more serene than One. An album which gets closer a little more of this new orientation than we observe now with a kind of IDM closer the roots of New Berlin School than the trance or the Goa styles. Although I savoured the rhythms of fire of One, I did enjoy this relative serenity, this little more poetic approach which floats in ambiences which are very near the psychedelic borders, otherwise psychotronic ones, of “Impossible Landscape”

- Sylvain Lupari, Synth & Sequences

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