CD Unbound [Forrest Fang/Sans Serif] (CD 7030438),
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Unbound [Forrest Fang/Sans Serif]

  • 1. Henon's Aurora
    2. Chant of Urm
    3. Lost Oracle
    4. Silver Season, A
    5. Tone in Alium
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): PRO257

  • Credits

    Personnel: Forrest Fang (various instruments, electronics).
    Liner Note Author: Forrest Fang.
    Photographer: Mark Mushet.
    Forrest Fang's third album on Projekt continues in the elegantly meditative vein of his previous two efforts: his calm, precise way around predominantly electronic arrangements suggest something that never quite was, but still should be. The sense of patience and space in a busy world is a far from new one in both Fang's work and in the general field of exploratory electronic textures, but Unbound is not meant to be a radical break or step forward so much as a restating of the possibilities. "Henon's Aurora" begins the album in an expected enough way, with an interweaving of serene, slow, high-pitched parts that feel like a low velocity flight through the highest of skies. It sets the tone that the album mostly maintains throughout its five individual parts; for the most part, the parts don't blend into each other, but they are all of a piece, carefully constructed and designed to take a listener to a spot that doesn't need leaving. The switch from "Lost Oracle" to "A Silver Season" is the smoothest, though, and serves as a way to make the former's steadier flow act as an introduction to the latter's most upfront, almost exultant feeling. It's not that Fang's work suddenly turns into Sousa fanfares, but a brighter sensibility, more layers to the sound throughout, and a sense of light bursting through the clouds is what "A Silver Season" evokes, a next step upward to somewhere. Throughout there's as much a sense of uneasy preternatural chill as there is of sheer reflective stasis -- "Chant of Urm" is a strong example; a blend of darker- and lighter-sounding parts in careful balance throughout while the occasional soft swell of further tones adds a sense of steady progression. "Tone in Alium," the album closer, plays up these differences even more, with a rhythmic howling-wind sound recurring against softer synths. ~ Ned Raggett

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