Aether (6) ‎– Artifacts

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16 × File, FLAC, Album


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October 14, 2016
edited over 2 years ago

Artifacts is an underrated album in the world of
instrumental hip hop music. Every track on this album evokes a certain kind of strong emotion – even the shortest tracks of less than 1 minute - Dame Un and Beso manage to create fervor. One of the main characteristics of this album is the drum sound that is artfully mixed with other elements of sub genres of electronic music – trip hop and instrumental hip hop.

Artifacts is a 16 track album with each track of 0 - 3
minutes of length except Makeshift Sanctuary and Orfeu Negro.The album starts powerfully with
Forgive Me and ends with an enthusiastic track Makeshift Sanctuary which uses the rap vocals of the 90′s hip hop group – A Tribe Called Quest.

Forgive Me is the strongest track on the album in my opinion – dreamy violin, drum beat and rough effected female voice that reverberates into an absolute pain. Hence the name – Forgive Me!

Highly recommended album.


June 4, 2014
Yes, this would be so amazing on vinyl. This album has been in regular rotation since I first heard it in 2009 and I never tire of it. Beautiful, eclectic, wonderful sonic work!


November 9, 2012

deserves to go out on double vinyl...


April 22, 2012
6-Star. This album will always be a part of my very soul. I CANNOT recommend this enough. I must have listened to this album 200 times, and every time it is just as good as the last. There is such a variety of musical styles and blending throughout the album. This album never gets old to me. Even when I think I have a favorite track nailed down, it changes two or three times by the end of the album. Aether does have a few additional tracks on his myspace page other than ones on this album, but otherwise there aren't any other published works by him as far as I know. Maybe he knows like we do that this album is pure gold and doesn't want to mess up a perfect thing. Maybe he never meant to make an act of himself and that's why he called this album Artifacts, suggesting that right away he was leaving behind his mark, a symphony of musical genius that is intelligent, soulful, and omni-beautiful, and should be remembered for a long, long time to come. Get this album, listen with openness, and receive the artful message it carries. Every single track is a beautiful Swiss Army Knife of heartfelt sounds. Two with verbal messages are Autumn Pisces, where you hear the words, "may there be peace, and love, and perfection, for all mankind..." several times throughout the track, and of course the last track, Makeshift Sanctuary, where some very uplifting and motivational rap lyrics finish out this stellar album. This album never gets cocky or gets in the way. It stays right next to you the whole time, and yet somehow manages to go everywhere too. 6-Stars.


September 16, 2010
Such an amazing album yet very underrated. This deserves much more attention.


January 15, 2010

A really enjoyable release. Definitely worth checking out--possibly regardless of your primary music tastes. I hope that there is another one in the works.