NEZNAMO & SIYANIE: Sonans CDr Moonsun Productions


NEZNAMO & SIYANIE: Sonans  CDr Moonsun Productions

Ritualistic ambient, is one of those subject matters, which raises many an emotion in me; usually anger.  I tend to find the whole genre a great test of endurance on the listening scale and find many of the artists out there in this field, Z’ev included, as time consuming drivel.

‘Sonans’ instilled worry initially when the flute like sounds started filtering through the mix and looking at the track listing I was absolutely mortified at the realisation that the album comprises of one track, clocking in at just under 40 minutes.

Thankfully, a lot of the live show on offer does travel through varying degrees of ambience and psychedelia bringing a bit more to the table that the usual waffle of tantric chimes and thought provocation in the form of hessian rugs.  Not to say that N&S doesn’t flirt with such meanderings; they do, by the bucket load.  Unfortunately for me, it’s this kind of self-indulgence that makes my teeth clench and fists itch.

When this collective set their mind to it they do have a good ear for mind-altering ambience and a good ear for spatial awareness sound-wise.  With the avoidance of Tibetan monasteries and incense sticks Neznamo & Siyanie could produce work that would actually make me sit up and take note for the entire duration of their performance as opposed to the momentary intersections on this joint effort.


SIYANIE: Shining of Unity CDr Moonsun Productions


SIYANIE: Shining of Unity  CDr Moonsun Productions

As it’s probably well known, I do like my ambient for the majority of the time, steeped in thick black tar and set against the backdrop of a castle ruin in some forgotten valley whilst it perpetually pisses it down with rain.  I do now and again however, enjoy blissful spaces where lighter ranges of sun-kissed ethereal pads can warm my bones; ‘Shining of Unity’ does, for the most part, edge somewhat into that category.

Taking aside the annoyance of a smattering of tantric bells, there is a lot on this release that I thoroughly enjoyed; notably, ‘The Heart of Space’, paying careful attention to layering and range.   The hypnotic air filled quality of pads set alongside pitched drones reminded me somewhat in part, of the much ignored and forgotten ‘Die Schlangenkönigin’ by His Divine Grace.

Whereas the opening two tracks of this album were a little too ‘happy’ for me, the latter half and especially the last track I mentioned, set aside a corner for contemplation and reflection; two ingredients that remain essential when attempting to produce music of this genre.  A whole release worth of this albums epilogue would be something wholeheartedly appreciated and something I would love to entertain on any forthcoming output by this project.