Aes Dana ‎– Perimeters

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inre045 Aes Dana Perimeters(CD, Album, Mixed) Ultimae Records inre045 France 2011 Sell This Version
inre045 Aes Dana Perimeters (11xFile, FLAC, Album, P/Mixed) Ultimae Records inre045 France 2011

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Luminon

Luminon

May 30, 2011
referencing Perimeters, CD, Album, Mixed, inre045
I can't help but notice how the Aes Dana style is deteriorating. It showed up on Leylines, like all the emotion would be drying out. Season 5 had such an indecisive, ephemeral melancholy, Aftermath had post-apocalyptic melancholy, Memory Shell had a mysterious melancholy... Pretty heavy stuff.

But Perimeters are relatively sterile. A touch of the Field Rotation style (you know, the strings) makes it a little better, but in return it's closer to a movie soundtrack. In most of tracks nothing much is going on, except a bit too loud sharp clicks and ocassionally some sound variety kicks in, like 4/4 rhythm, vocals, guitars, etc. The problem is, it doesn't sound coherent. Themes don't return, instruments aren't re-used in new setting, and most of the moments are forgettable. The whole album does not have any common theme or motive to hold it together. It sounds sometimes like a compilation, where the tracks don't fit the same style because they're made by somebody else.

There are some really good moments, like in Antimatter (Post), I just can't understand why Vincent didn't notice them and expand them, multiply them or build upon them more.
jdcapshew

jdcapshew

March 31, 2011
edited over 7 years ago
referencing Perimeters, CD, Album, Mixed, inre045

No long review here, but I love this new album from Aes Dana. There's lots of variety, rhythm/time changes and lush, ultra trippy production. This is one album that most living room electronica lovers are going to embrace big time. The title track "Perimeters" is 10+ minutes of bliss, starting unobtrusively enough with a subtle bass drum, tinkling bell-like chiming, simple piano and dramatic droning sheaths that gain momentum over a few minutes so you are the bird of prey watching an epic mountain climb as viewed soaring high above the earth. Greatness.
nikom

nikom

March 6, 2011
edited over 6 years ago
referencing Perimeters, CD, Album, Mixed, inre045
Great Album.
SPoekast

SPoekast

February 12, 2011
referencing Perimeters, CD, Album, Mixed, inre045

I'm a huge fan of Ultimae Records and H.U.V.A. Network but only a mild fan of Aes Dana. That said, their previous album, 2009's Leylines was in my mind a massive jump in quality from what I felt were pretty staid releases beforehand.

I'll say this - it's hard for me to believe that any Aes Dana fans won't be pleased with this album. It delivers their trademark sound and quality song construction. To put it in perspective, out of 100 I'd rate Season 5 a 72, Aftermath a 68, Memory Shell a 70, and Leylines an 89. This album I'd rate a 79.

In my opinion, tracks 2 and 3 stand out as the best by a landslide. These tracks are the reason to listen to Aes Dana. Track 6 is another highlight and pleasantly dynamic - there are some interesting changes through the song. Track 1 features almost Asura-like strings!

I'd like to hear Track 7 without its ill-suited vocalizations. There are no bad tracks on the album but Tracks 4, 9, and 11 veer off into the kind of middling Aes Dana filler that's been prevalent a little too often into their career.

In conclusion, tracks 1, 2, 3, 6, and 10 make the album worth hearing to me. The rest is take it or leave it.