Immersion Five - Circadian Rhythms
by Phil Derby, Electroambient Space
IMMERSION FIVE - CIRCADIAN RHYTHMS is the most textured, organic album in the Immersion series to date, full of little clicks and buzzes like nighttime crickets and other critters basking in a dark swampy marsh. Disc 1 is divided into three long phases of about 14, 23, and 37 minutes respectively. The first phase has dark shimmering, swirling sounds vaguely reminiscent of other deep, expansive Roach works, perhaps like a softer version of THE MAGNIFICENT VOID. Layered over the top are alien sounds not unlike those explored on POSSIBLE PLANET. Though "Phase 1" flows seamlessly into "Phase 2" the difference in sound is distinct enough to recognize the transition. The bug-like clicking sounds cease, and a bubbly, percolating bass line emerges, along with a cool groove that brings back memories of CORE. The varied layers of repeating musical phrases become thoroughly mesmerizing. The groove recedes, leaving gentle atmospheric washes of sound for the last few minutes before a pleasant bass line returns for "Phase 3." The general flavor reminds me of yet another Roach classic, DREAMTIME RETURN. Though deep echoes of sound remain, this one is considerably lighter, almost playful by comparison to the earlier phases. Disc 2 is one 73-minute epic, "Shroud of Night," a dark yet smooth piece that is like parts of MYSTIC CHORDS & SACRED SPACES, with hints of MIDNIGHT MOON as well. Though IMMERSION FIVE - CIRCADIAN RHYTHMS finds a number of recognizable reference points, it explores them in fresh new ways. Highly recommended.