Cloudsound – Static Sense & Wonder Stasis [ПAN038]
"Once Space was empty and nothing bothered its continuum. Time slept in the singularity and awakened only when the first drop of Light appeared in this ocean of nothingness. Time rushed the Light and it became unstoppable, it filled everything so Space had to grow in all dimensions. And then Light formed waves, the ripple on the surfaces of Time streams... A Pattern emerged, creating images and forms, bringing Mind to life. Mind asked why there are waves, why the Pattern are so beautiful, why the Space is so huge? Light tried to answer, but it was too fast; Space tried, but it was too immense; Pattern just played with colours and forms, making fun of the Mind... And it kept asking until questions filled everything, flooding the Pattern, making Space dark. And it lasted forever, until Mind invented Music. It answered nothing, but there was no need – Music had Space in it, sound filled it as Light, giving the Mind ability to stop, to simply be, to realize there is no answers, because there was no questions any more. Everything wa in Mind and Mind was Everything." - Nanoeon
Electric guitar & effects by Cloudsound
Recorded September-October 2013
Produced January-August 2015
released June 20, 2016 on Russian label Nanoeon
PSI LAB review
"immersed ambient drone specialist CLOUDSOUND hit the ground runnin in mid 2014 with tapes spread out on FLUERE (REC #19), ILLUMINATED PATHS and TRANQUILITY, then he seemed to disappear after an early 2015 title via RAINBOW PYRAMID, just as it seemed he was hitting a rather incredible stride -- turns out he has been ambitiously honing his sound, an alchemical fusion of classical ambient, kosmische, new age and shoegaze, channeling the good stuff like ENO's ambient ouvre and WINDY & CARL, adding a STARS OF THE LID alignment to the fold, with touches of FRIPPian guitar flourishes and hypnotic reverb echoing ROY MONTGOMERY - all these are overlapped, intertwined, sculpted into lush shimmering soundscapes with the playfulness of previous works traded in for a zen like focus, yielding a perfectly paced and spaced hour long magnum opus"
"Cloudsound returns with another album full of resplendent drone, a perfectly titled longplayer of songs that contain so much musicality, stirring melodies and exploration of space beneath its placid, tranquil surface. I've been mulling over the phrase "Wonder Stasis" since I've heard this record and while being the title of the album's 28 minute closer, I think the phrase here reveals a lot of what draws me to this record and ambient, drone-based music in general. While it is easy to point out the utilitarian effects of ambient music - it's calming effects, it's ability to imbue other activities with purpose and meaning - so much of the calming equilibrium belies how much music is happening at any given moment. Cloudsound's tracks are filled with long, eliding drones that unspool like tape held out of a car window, but between those massive tonal shifts are even smaller births and deaths of pulling, effulgent tones, small guitar runs, surging walls of softened distortion, feather-light arpeggios and porous walls of sound to float and be held in, rather than bashing our fists against. Out on cassette from the lovely пANOEON label out of Yaroslavl, Russia. "