See also: Philips/Numina - From Within The Abyss
See also: Philips/Numina - Descent of The Falcon
"Hovering rays spread like a dawning
morn, though A Deeper Calling soon reveals itself as
a somewhat spooky new day; slightly off-kilter radiance ripples
across a beatless terrain of wispy drones, with stratospheric
spectres thrumming over its final moments. Chain Reaction
(17:22) sets amorphous events into motion, beginning
with warm tonal layers and throbbing mists shifting softly
around each other; more-mechanical clatters echo rhythmically
into the fog, joined briefly by skewed piano-tones. Gradually
all-encompassing gusts swallow everything with their
dense floes of sonic meteorology.
Gritty textures seep into (and throughout
most of) Soft Blue Glow where string-like lows are buried
by an insectile vortex, machinery-esque essences and spectral
sheens... not exactly soft, blue nor glowing to my ears;
often more like a scoured, grey throb (not that that's
a bad thing) until thinning out in its later moments, though
still a rather eerie space.
Gleaming synthscapes and radiant vocalstreams
shimmer in the expansive respiratory movements which open
the title track (19:43); eventually a buzzing skyway envelops
the horizons, thinning into a pleasantly ominous zone of
restrained sci-fi dread and twisting sonic beams. Cool!
Looking/listening beyond the Outward
Appearance of these shrouded realms, one sees/hears oblique
contours of unknowable elements, forged with ambiences,
voices, textures, synths, sample material, drones and glacier
bell from Stephen Philips / Numina. Distinctly indistinct
and open to interpretation, the four pieces fill 73.5 minutes
with obtusely flowing (and often dark) environments."
--David J Opdyke (AmbiEntrance)