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Penumbra, taken in the literal meaning and also as a metaphor of the moment that precedes death.
Love this, very therapeutic - not sure if it is meant to be! I love how it builds throughout, great work
Amazing vocals. Really special.
Love the atmosphere that you've created here. There are some bell-like tones that remind me of the glass armonica (another obsession of mine),
I'm glad to hear those ethereal vocals of yours taking centre stage on this one. I know in the past people have assumed that this is all done with a VST or a synth - the fact that this is you singing into a mic should be drummed home repeatedly: this is how the grown-ups do things, kids.
Your approach and instrumentation is like nothing else in FAWM, and you should walk tall with that in mind. Again, an piece that is as haunting as it is utterly lush. I still don't know how you do it, but I'm soooo glad you do. If ever you want to team up again to try and scare the crap out of our global songwriting community then just whisper my way... 😉
Such a trip! Really did a good job of capturing a tough and interesting concept. There's the darkness/fear in the music, but also mystery, relinquishing, moments that are almost uplifting. Beautiful!
The way the vocal gently eases into the mix here is amazing. It's like there aren't any instruments, it's just one music, and that's it. If I was in a movie with this as the soundtrack I'd probably want to just go home right now. The darkness tells me that bad things are about to happen.
Wow, sounds to die for (literally). That intro is amazing. Then the build with the drum and whatever that delayed instrument is. Soooooooo cool. It really fits the subject perfectly and gives me so many images at once. Beautiful and haunting. I bet someone below said "haunting" (I haven't looked). 😀 Magnificent.
oooooh this is very eerie good. I'm sensing walking down an abandoned town or village. Very very nice.
Loved the strings and choir, and the ebb and flow of it all. I wish the drums were more pronounced in the mix.
I love how the minor is sort of implied throughout but then your vocal makes it major. A real nice touch. A bit darker this one, but still hopeful!
Ooo, those drums are lovely. Mixed in with all the ambience & the vocals - the the hints of guitars for good measure (am I hearing that right?); this is wonderfully dense. The darkness is warm and cozy, it is like a santuary hidden from the light, yet still filled with hope. Perhaps it is the hope of life after death - vie post mortem or some such. Enchanting and mystifying as ever!
I would end with my usual ephitet, but it would seem you beat me to the Shadows this time 😉
A dark and cold sea at night. Our lonely ship is the only sign of life for miles around. We see an island of ice, with a strange glowing forest-like structure on it that appears to be made of ice and snow. A figure emerges from the frost forest and... appears to wave to us. As we get closer to the shore we notice that he isn't human at all, but made of several moving tentacles with rotten clothes draped over them! The entire island begins to move and slowly rise up out of the water, it is a giant beast! We put our steam-ship in full reverse but it is too late... too late...
More luscious droning atmosphere and tribalish drums. Powerful stuff. I think I hear some guitar as well. And there are the angelic vocals again.
There are so many layers of harmonies and harmonics etc here, many of them subtle, but all contributing something important. Just beautiful.
You have a really rich understanding of how to create the effect you're going for. The stuff you make sounds like, i don't know what. Like the music of the planets or something. The title drew me in too, because "Penumbra" was the title of Catherine Yronwode's editorial columns in the now sadly long gone Eclipse Comics magazines of the early eighties, and she always had something thought provoking to say in them, that's how i first heard the word actually, but to use it asa metaphor for the shade on the edge of death as well as on the edge of a shadow is very meaningful, and you definitely put it across well here.
The drums and the repeated figure make an ominous underpinning for the soaring vocals, as they keep building to something that never quite arrives. I love how the strings pick the same figure up in a higher register later in the piece. Hints of noise creep in later on too; the feedback / overtones are a nice touch.
This track pulls you in from the start and the vocals fit so well with it. I like the space imagery it creates.