Review: Aristidis K. – #11038

Label: Earth Mantra
Catalog No: earman142

A subtle guitar echoes across the deserted landscape. Sudden vibrations are cast into the air from an unknown source and only you can feel them. You are the only soul for miles around. The desolate terrain stretches as far as the eye can see, covering your known world. A lonely feeling washes over and your only solace is in the layer of melancholic music slowly blanketing your cold body.

Greece’s Aristidis K. has painted a soothing yet sad soundscape in this release. With little depth, guitars float high in the sky and slowly decay downward upon the ears below. The album creates a comfort. With an undisturbed flow between songs you can journey within and come to terms with your emotions. It’s gloomy enough to make you feel trapped in a web but it is also uplifting enough where you can feel safe inside a cocoon, ready to emerge. At times, blips of modern jargon disrupt your sojourn, forcing a rift in the web woven by placid guitar strums.

In our fragile world, there is comfort in the knowledge that sometimes you can escape the despondency and get lost in your own landscape. Our most unexplored land is within and there is where we will find all the answers.

Rating: 3.5 stars
Standout track: The Sun and Night

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