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Beyond the Horizon Line

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Beyond the Horizon Line
Mike VanPortfleet
2004 Silber Records 034 (CD)

This highly evocative fine dark-ambient release comes from the inner sanctum of Mike VanPortfleet, founder of the acclaimed ethereal band Lycia. The soundscapes on this solo release consistently portray a vast sense of environmental and human loneliness, steeped in a feeling of resolute isolation as if shipwrecked on another planet with no hope of rescue. The thick slow waves of harmonic movement have an almost geological texture, as if the ocean waves of this planet have turned to a dry oozing magma-like substance which one could hold in hand. Occasional slow and distant processional dirge beats emerge outwards to join with thematic strands, further inflicting a potent reminder of a parallel life back home. While the atmosphere is dark, there is comfort in these shadows. -- Review by Steve Roach
 
1. Deep in the Morning SunMP3 
2. Echoes of the Lost SeaMP3 
3. Towards the Blinding GlareMP3 
4. The Call of the Horizon LineMP3 
5. Stellar Buckshot AwaitsMP3 
6. Night Sky IlluminationMP3 
7. Dark GatewayMP3 
8. Strange Star TransmissionsMP3 
9. Stellar Shower BeginsMP3 
10. Unsettled New DayMP3 




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