Eclipse

Frore / Shane Morris

Eclipse

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About Eclipse

Tracks:

1   Anima

2   Calling Down The Sun

3   Feather And Claw

4   Stone Arch

5   Shadow Medicine

6   Nomadic Dreaming

7   Changing Seasons

8   A Lonely Path

Long ago, before science explained the mechanics of the heavens, primitive cultures looked to the skies for insight and enlightenment. Predicting events, measuring time, provoking awe and terror, the observation of the celestial sphere was of utmost importance, and through those mystic ages the shock of an unexpected eclipse would become a beacon in time, impacting people’s lives, religions, and cultures for generations. This meaningful phenomenon is the inspiration for ECLIPSE, the second collaboration of tribal-ambient soundscapes from ethno-electronic recording artists Frore & Shane Morris.

Merging the boundaries of ambient, tribal, and organic electronic, ECLIPSE presents a fusion of deep trance percussion, primitive winds, and dream-soaked electronics into an enigmatic soundworld of timeless tribal magic. Continuing the sonic journey started on the duo’s first collaboration, BLOOD MOON, ECLIPSE explores new territories of trance-inducing polyrhythms, deep harmonic meditations, and a potent combination of exotic instruments from around the globe including didjeridoo, ethnic flutes, gongs, djembe, frame drum, and udu pots. Merging these exotic instruments together with organic synth textures and ethereal atmospheres, Frore & Morris craft a primordial ambient experience that further explores the electro-organic soundcurrent introduced by artists like Vidna Obmana, Robert Rich, Steve Roach, and Byron Metcalf.

Blending modern and primal elements into a compelling polyrhythmic experience, the music of ECLIPSE offers a sonic kaleidoscope of mystery, imagination and deep-seated wonder. Tapping into a reverence for power, energy, and illumination, the synergistic artistry of Frore & Shane Morris coalesces into a majestic tapestry of atmospheres and drifting grooves, representing an ancient connection to the environment, planet, and ultimately the universe.

Reviews

'Eclipse' is the second collaboration between Frore (Paul Casper) and Shane Morris after their previous 'Blood Moon' (2015). Together these musician composers explore the boundaries of ambient and tribal, merging the organic with the electronic. Utilizing digital and analog synths, didgeridoo, ethnic flutes, gongs, djembe, singing bowls, frame drum, and udu pots, Frore and Shane take the listener on a journey to the depths of the psyche through primordial roots to transcendental peaks and lush valleys. Hypnotic hand-drumming plays a large part in this, with nearly every track exhibiting some sort of polyrhythm. The drums are rather upfront in the mix too when they need to be, nearly ceremonial in their manner. Synths of course carry the ambience in sustained drone-like pads as you might expect. Throughout the eight somewhat lengthy tracks on 'Eclipse' there is an aura of mystery and magic that emphasizes the ritualistic and shamanic. The music is neither complete dark nor light, but falls into that grey area that the title and CD cover perfectly illustrates. A good amount of this must have been improvised but these guys work so well together there is no stepping on toes, nothing out of context, nothing that doesn't work or feel contrived. While there is melodicism the melodic content is amorphous supportive of the ambiance rather than dominating it. That may seem (in description) that the music is simplistic, but in actuality, far from it. The layering is complex in that there is much going on within the ambiences. Believe me this is full, rich and heady stuff. I know from my experience with Malaysian Pale back in the '80s that making electronic world music of substance can be a real challenge. Here Frore and Morris live up to and often surpass the challenge in a path well-trodden by other artists in the ambient-tribal domain such as Vidna Obmana, Steve Roach, Robert Rich, Matthias Grassow and other similar artists. The flow from track to track is really great too lending itself to a seamless listening experience with nothing disjunct or jarring by juxtaposition. The only misgiving I had about 'Eclipse' was on the final track "A Lonely Path" where it seemed like it should have been building to some conclusion but just ended up petering out. The artists likely had a different take on this but to me it seemed inconclusive. Overall though this is a very worthy work if you're into ambient-tribal, and will probably spend a good while on my current and future playlists. - Steve Mecca, Chain D.L.K.
Spotted Peccary's output might emphasize luscious electronic-ambient soundscaping, but its discography encompasses other realms, too. Indicative of such heterogeneity, the material presented on Eclipse is tribal-ambient of the kind generally associated with figures such as Steve Roach, Robert Rich, and Byron Metcalf, with in this case alchemical shamans Paul Casper (aka Frore) and Shane Morris donning the ethno-electronic garb. Preceded by the duo's first collaboration, 2015's Blood Moon, Eclipse guides the listener on a seventy-minute, eight-part journey through tribal soundworlds that seem both primal and futuristic, in large part due to the music's wedding of spacey electronic textures and earthy percussive elements. While their roles would appear to be fairly clear-cut, Morris the percussion side of the equation and Casper the electronic atmospheric half, the truth isn't quite so simple. Yes, the latter is credited with analog and digital synthesizers, but he also contributes singing bowls, flutes, rattle, and shells to the release; for his part; Morris plays frame drum, udu, djembe, shakers, bells, gongs, and electronic percussion, but also flute (chromatic and Navajo cedar), didjeridoo, and digital synthesizers. Eclipse treats as its conceptual springboard pre-scientific beliefs held by primitive cultures about cosmology and the way their subjects scanned the skies in hopes of developing an understanding of the universe and gods who could seem temperamental, unpredictable, and even wrathful. In such a context, the occurrence of an eclipse would understandably induce awe and mystification in those struggling to grapple the event's meaning. Sonically, the result isn't far removed from Roach's own tribal-ambient style, so anyone whose taste runs to it should find Eclipse an equally satisfying proposition. The collaborators wisely change things up as the recording unfolds, with pieces such as “Shadow Medicine” and “Nomadic Dreaming” deriving ample kinetic thrust from percussion-powered rhythms and others, “Stone Arch, “A Lonely Path,” and “Changing Seasons” among them, registering as meditative and sultry by comparison. As much as Casper and Morris's pan-global sound design is rooted in percussion and synthesizers, flutes play just as big a part, and those haunting woodwind textures, which resonate seductively throughout and bolster the music's organic quality, makes Eclipse a much more appealing recording than it would be otherwise. - Ron Schepper, Textura

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