299. Imaginary Softwoods - The Path Of The Sprectrolite) (2011)
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The project of Emeralds synth crusher John Elliot. According to Forced Exposure: "this recording retains some of the icy drone sound from some previous Softwoods releases, this is a great progression and a bit more active. An extremely beautiful album entirely of sounds created by synthesizer and voice, this is an essential piece of the Imaginary Softwoods discography that you are sure to love."
Forced Exposure goes on to say: he Path of Spectrolite is a gorgeous, light-emitting exploration into dazzling musical colors. Starting with the opener "Entrance Through Selenite Pillars," John Elliot takes the listener into a highly textural musical space. Synth melodies shift into drones, evoking shimmering rays of supernatural light. "Eye Color" opens the spectrum even more, allowing a glimpse into a musical universe where past psychedelic traditions team up with a contemporary approach to composition. John Elliott treats his sounds with the utmost care and dedication. He allows plenty of openings for the listener to join in and take the trip down the chosen path. Through their respective multi-colored lenses, "Rainbow Obsidian Key" and "Globe II" are compositions which succeed in existing perfectly in the present moment. In the second phase of the album we arrive at "Black Water and Ice," the first track which presents a vague hint of percussion. It slowly progresses into a lush, string-based texture. Finally, "Crystal Pond" leads us into the last part of the trip. Its swirling notes evoking a sense of elegant liberation, of final transcendence and arrival. Archives Intérieures decided to re-release The Path of Spectrolite because the label feels it is an absolutely essential album. As a work of art it is almost confrontational in its honesty. Elliott's approach to attain an absolutely clear and focused sense of natural beauty and spiritualism is breathtaking. As no other, he knows how music and sound connect us to a wider perspective.