I guess this collaboration shouldn’t surprise me too much. Though I know Craig Padilla mostly for his melodic and sequencer-based space music, he also has done excellent floating ambient albums like Temporal Suspension and the particularly stark and minimal Vostok. Of course, Zero Ohms is no stranger to ambience and drones.
‘Leaving This Shadow of Heaven’ starts with undulating reverberations that set the tone early – no sequencing, and delicate melodies drenched with atmosphere. This is deep space music, like Jonn Serrie but a tad more sparse and expansive. The pure space sounds also remind me of Michael Stearns’ classic Planetary Unfolding. A little bit of sequencing figures here and there, for example on the slow and steady ‘The Everything That is No Thing’. The pulsing is a bit faster on ‘The One’, while flutes add an airy touch to the Berlin School musical style. Nevertheless, this cd is primarily about floating through space and expanding the mind. The title track blends ambient, Native American, and new age textures together in a relaxing closing number.
Subtleties throughout reward attentive and repeat listening.
- Phil Derby, Electroambient Space