Artist: The Virgance
Label: El Vals Del Conejo, 2014
I was recommended by Shauna McLarnon from Ummagma to listen to this album. The Virgance is a project of Nathan Smith, playing shoegaze/drone/noise rock music. The first thing I noticed from this album, on bandcamp, is the artwork, which is great for me. I don't know how it looks in your eyes, but in mine, it looks like a combination of underwater and Greece mythological thing.
From this, I guessed this album would be deep, emotionally explosive, yet essential and natural in droning a soundscape. I ccan say I'm right since I listened to the first track, 'Cataclysm'. This album is full of distortion and reverb along the tracks. Though there is no vocal, the whole songs tell a lot. The flow of the noise and gazing riff are a continous moving picture in head. Crafted onto a glorious color canvas. 'Hydrolagus' is a smooth track shaped by guitar echoes releasing soul from the land into a harmony of wavy water flows.
My favorite one is 'Departure From Kivalina'. Emotional guitar playing and faint speech behind the layer. The ambient in this song feels so dark and mysterious. All the eight songs in this album is a spiritual journey on a shoegaze shoes. And because it's a journey, it has an ending, where you find your self somewhere you think you know but you don't.