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Nathan Youngblood | Asunder

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by Nathan Youngblood

This debut catapults headfirst into harmonics of darkness, unafraid to see what lies beneath for the taking.
Genre: Electronic: Ambient
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Vesper Nest
8:22 $0.99
2. Kanashibari
11:48 $0.99
3. Umbrasphere
6:32 $0.99
4. Shearwave
19:40 $0.99
5. Flume
10:54 $0.99
6. Underland
6:45 $0.99
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Album Notes
Nathan Youngblood (with Steve Roach)
2007 steveroach.com SR02 (CD)
Produced by Steve Roach

ASUNDER is the debut release by Nathan Youngblood. Carved from dense harmonically rich acoustic and electronic material, this set of tone zones move at glacial speed, hovering very close to the Earth's surface for the duration. Emotionally contained in a sphere of isolation, the gentle tension effectively holds your interest subliminally, and continues to permeate into your physical and mental environment.

"Signal To Noise" Magazine Review:

Asunder, newcomer Nathan Youngblood's debut, catapults headfirst into harmonics of darkness, unafraid to see what lies beneath for the taking. Menacing, minimal drones creep along buzzing faultlines, adjunct noises uncurling behind them like a great beast opening its talons. A singleminded relentlessness governs how Youngblood allows the dense surrounding air to elongate and assume perilous form. For the entirety of the first two tracks, the level of tension builds to unimaginable climax, but rather than shatter our preconceptions to the rocks, instead Youngblood tenders "Umbrasphere" with a delicate, if cautionary, finesse, driving two snapping wavelengths against a seemingly indestructible wall of electronics. Ebony meets ivory in a storm of drones—here's to anticipating Youngblood's follow-up.



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Richard Gurtler

Sonic drama and natural ambience at their finest level!!!
Tucson, Arizona based talented sound explorer Nathan Youngblood has released his debut album "Asunder" in October of 2007 on steveroach.com label. Even if few years passed already, this CD deserves my little examination. Influenced and guided by his master, Nathan reveals on "Asunder" deep drone atmospherics divided into six compositions. Opening "Vesper Nest" sets immediately the darker mood for the whole album with its immersive drifting soundscapes spiced by various location recordings. Very slowly evolving and shifting wall of drones overlaps to the next piece, "Kanashibari", with less organic, but more intense and monumental sound. Like some desert storm, recalling the fear and the beauty of the mother nature. Sonic drama at its finest level! "UmbraSphere" features some ultra mysterious soundscapes, sounding pretty spooky to me, but the second part of this piece shifts into peacefully aerial washes leaving all tension behind. Another truly magnificent epic! Strange industrial/noise effects and rumblings color the deep resonating drone on "Shearwave" and guide us into nearly 20 minutes clocking adventurous and frightening alien vistas. "Flume" traverses directly into beautifully intoxicating natural ambience, hauntingly warm and mesmerizing! Minimal, almost static drone on "Underland" closes quietly the album. "Asunder" shows enough varying elements to please all fans of darker desert ambience, really nice work, Nathan!!! Extra points are awarded to Nathan for the cover artwork nicely displaying vast atmospherics and also to Steve Roach for his production, mastering and drones and waves on "Kanashibari" and "UmbraSphere". By the way, there are also some plans for Nathan's collaboration with John Vorus, which makes me really curious, but this project is moving quite slowly. Anyway, as always I stay tuned for more...

Richard Gürtler (Jul 03, 2011, Bratislava, Slovakia)