BiosphereDeparted Glories

Label:Smalltown Supersound – STS281CD
CD, Album
Style:Ambient, Experimental


1Out Of The Cradle2:16
2Wyll And Purpose7:56
3Down On Ropes3:12
4Free From The Bondage You Are In2:15
5With Their Paddles In A Puddle3:04
6Than Is The Mater4:15
7Sweet Dreams Form A Shade5:26
8Aura In The Kitchen With The Candlesticks6:05
9Departed Glories4:52
10Whole Forests Of Them Appearing5:29
11Invariable Cowhandler3:44
12Behind The Stove1:38
13You Want To See It Too3:52
14Good Case And Rest3:17
15Tomorrow Then We Will Attend2:08
16With Precious Benefits To Both4:44
17Fall Asleep For Me5:49

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Released in six-panel Digipak.

The cover photograph by Sergei Prokudin-Gorskii is titled "Armenian Woman in National Costume, Artvin" (1905-1915).

© & ℗ 2016 Smalltown Supersound

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 5 053760 020851
  • Barcode (Scanned): 5053760020851
  • Matrix / Runout: STS281CD AG40212-01
  • Mastering SID Code: ifpi L575
  • Mould SID Code: IFPI 9712

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  • hafler3o's avatar
    This just sounds like a lot of incidental sound swirling down a long tube most of the time. Not at all as interesting or as musical as releases before or after. It would seem that the whole project is leveraged by some back-story but that is by-the-by. I kept coming back expecting to be swayed at last but it is just too ephemeral. Andrew Liles does this stuff better and it's usually available in a binaural mix. For me this is too much like a very watered-down Deathprod release. Maybe 'Stator' was the true inspiration…
    • Candy_Guru's avatar
      There's an interesting story behind this album, and even behind the cover photo... but that aside, is the music itself any good? I'm sorry to say that this is the weakest point in Biosphere's otherwise exceptional catalogue. Too much air, too little substance.
      • jonarmst's avatar
        Well, I've got an unpopular admission to make: I was the guy who didn't like Biosphere's supposedly "seminal" album "Microgravity" back in the day: I found the excessive use of "spacey" vocal samples from the likes of astronaut recordings and self-hypnosis tapes to be a bit contrived off the bat, with the whole effort coming off as a bit cloying with some inappropriate, New Agey sort of piano type sounds (keep in mind I haven't listened to this since probably 1994 so it's not exactly fresh in my head.)

        Fast forward almost a quarter of a century and I decided to check up on some of his more recent output, and I'm very glad I did! "Departed Glories" is probably one of the best ambient albums of the decade. It definitely shows a LOT of evolution over the years: this is certainly not the "spaced out vocal sample" sort of ambient you'd expect from the early 90's -- it's more like an evolution of Zoviet France inspired "processed soundscapes" although Biosphere might have beaten ZF at their own game here. Truly an innovative and excellent recording and it is very heartening to see someone not only at it after such a long time but still continuing to one-up themselves in the quality department.
        • vinylvine's avatar
          A very good ambient recording from Biosphere. Nothing like I've ever heard, at least not while awake.
          Not for everyone. But for the ones who likes it, I would suggest in twenty years tlme you'll play and treasure it still.
          • bell-end's avatar
            Missed out on the ltd vinyl editions on this,not sure how that's even possible because I'm on bleep's mailing list?!!
            Can't win 'em all I guess!
            • MU-SICK
              Best Ambient Album in a while.
              Serious Mysticism....the Story behind it (musick for a nun hiding in the woods. ..Short version), sums it up.
              This is so good!!!
              Get it, no matter which colour, format....


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