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Fragments

by Amongst Myselves

This album has a clearness of musical language. The compositions bring inspiration and they have an influence on the listener to start his own journey from the chaos to inner harmonization - Serge Kozlovsky
Genre: Electronic: Ambient
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1. Smell of the Sun
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2. She Who Loves Silence
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3. Morning In the Bowl On Night
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4. Field of Broken Mirrors
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5. The Sunlit Tower
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6. Clouds of Unknowing
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7. City of A Hundred Gates
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8. Town On the Hill
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9. Haunted By the Ghosts of Sounds
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Amongst Myselves - Fragments
STYLE
June 2012
Ambient soundscapes and spacey expanses.
Fragments plays as an unbroken fifty-seven minute whole wherein nine distinct sections segue seamlessly from one to the next. Dark spaces with subtle sonic light currents mirror the cover art: brooding and isolationist in places; hauntingly beautiful in others. Roberts employs silken synth textures, electric guitar forms and various field recordings as well as glitchy sound beds. In places guitar fingering ascends out of abstraction, chiming tinkles and rhythmic fragments fanning the gentle warmth of melody. Sparing keyboard patterns move against keening guitar threads; oceanic turbulence juxtaposes wafting vocoder shreds; low sonorous drones roll below graceful shafts of synthetic tone; nature noise - chirps of birds and insect whir - busies itself behind strongly effected chord strums. Fragments evolves constantly, playing with brightness and gloom; emotionally stirring up delicate twists of wonder, evocative transportational suggestions and disquieting zones of obscurity.

IN DEPTH
The ten minute twenty four second Morning in the Bowl of Light is the longest track here - a slowly unfolding emptiness where subtle electronics wash around faint cricket-like coruscation and bird sound. Midway (as with a number of pieces here) the mood shifts and dreamy synth tones meander upon a deep breath-like rhythmic pattern. Toward the end of the track the mood again alters abstract threads and somewhat less melodic waves leading the way into the subsequent piece. City of a Hundred Gates is the shortest fragment at three minutes twenty eight - this track revolves around a relatively dense mass of warm drones, interwoven with delicate hypnotic swells before dissipating into atmospheric space.

ARTWORK
Fragments arrives in a shiny jewel case with minimalistic yet vivid artwork - deep, saturated greens; colour in motion; long exposure light streams. On the front cover various horizontal bands of verdure smoothly flow - single white streak; heavy black ground. The title doesn't break this abstract simplicity, but sits within the transparent spine. On the rear, a more energetic sweep of colour curls around the track titles. Titles are repeated on the flip side of the gatefold insert - the green sweep of the front cover continued here. Inside to the left are simple credits, contact and website details as well as a small number of genuine thanks. To the right, green light shafts hang vertically, reminiscent of grass blades viewed close up.

OVERALL
Fragments was recorded by Australian ambient musician Steve Roberts between 2008 and 2010. As the title hints, the music draws upon previous material - inspirational threads taken, reimagined and embellished. Three earlier studio albums are revisited and absorbed - now unrecognisable in fresh form. Although nine tracks are listed, the nine titles more accurately identify point markers within a single longform composition. Often the nature of the music makes a change at the point markers - perhaps an interlude where field recordings move to the fore - many times though tracks vary more dramatically part way through. You can explore this unusual release at the Amongst Myselves website, where there is plenty to read and opportunity to listen to samples of the album.
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Richard Gurtler

Highly recommended soundworlds to explore!!!
Amongst Myselves aka Steve Roberts is another newcomer on my fave list, for long time unrecognized and mostly known for his appearance on "Chasing The Dawn: Ultima Thule Ambient Volume 01" CD compilation. Even if relatively unknown, "Fragments" is already 5th album of this Australian. "Smell Of The Sun" introduces the album more than effectively with its nice drifting and immersive ambience colored with few glitchy sonic adventures. Aerial "She Who Loves Silence" is again supported by various glitches and later also by catchy strings, very interesting I must say! Cicadas and bird sounds start "Morning In The Bowl Of Night", this gloomy piece is carried by cicadas through most of its length. "Field Of Broken Mirrors" is more experimental track with little touches of modern classical music in its first half, while the second part features again some strings. Fresh blend of modern classical elements with guitars and on-site recordings makes from "The Sunlit Tower" one of the highlights on "Fragments", amazing!!! Carried by ocean sounds, "Clouds Of Unknowing" is more minimalistic and dominated by field recordings, later melancholic guitars invade the track. Quietly drifting "City Of A Hundred Gates" and "Town On The Hill", mixture of storm, birds and ocean sounds and guitars, later shifted into pleasant synth washes, are another beauties on this album. "Haunted By The Ghosts Of Sounds" flows beautifully from bird calls to ethereal sound waves, a trully captivating end. "Fragments" is a very personal, colorful, warm and naturally sounding work of one of the most underrated artists in ambient genre. It's highly recommended to explore the soundworlds of Amongst Myselves!!!

Richard Gurtler (Bratislava, Slovakia)
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