Thursday, December 09, 2021

Jessica Moss - Phosphenes [Constellation Records 161]

Released via the long standing imprint that is Constellation Records on November 19th, 2k21 is "Phosphenes",  the third solo album crafted by composer x violin player Jessica Moss for the label. Within six tracks and an overall runtime of roughly 41 minutes the former member of Thee Silver Mt. Zion and Black Ox Orchestra explores a musical realm located in between Modern Classical x Contempory Classical composition and deep Ambient romanticism especially prevalent in the touching opening trilogy "Contemplation I - III" which is as inward looking and timeless as it is beautiful and filled with a certain mystique whereas "Let Down" caters a darker, more dramatic and somewhat brooding, partially even (post)apocalyptic approach towards an amalgamation of DarkAmbient and widescreen panoramic (Neo)Classical music, "Distortion Harbour" weighs in a combination of both naturalistic violins of yore and heavy, distorted electronic pulses providing a slow rhythmic foundation of a somewhat fever'ish, ritualistic nature in the very background of the mix before the concluding cut that is "Memorizing & Forgetting" pairs stripped down piano miniatures, elegic violins and non-vocal choirs and provides a melancholia inducing piece suitable for cold winter nights for a closing.

Album artwork on Instagram!


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