A mixed compilation release by independent electronica artists from the twoism.org
Review by El Cerebro from the twoism.org
I've given OoT6 a half dozen listens now, from start to finish, and I must say that I'm completely blown away by it. Every time I've listened now some small new wonder of compositional detail has emerged--some tracks, like "Sanctum" by Simulate Televangelist, or "Airplane" by SEVEN, or "Swallow Illusions Whole" by Sweguno are simply rife with them. I'm amazed by the cohesion of the album as a whole, despite the presence of four or five distinct sections: the album begins in astonishing fashion, with "Warm Waves" providing a dazzling introduction and segueing nicely into the blissful, barely controlled chaos of "Sanctum," which in turn settles into a synth-heavy, deeply sublime stretch than runs through the astonishing "Sequestered Sonata Above the Grass"; the impossibly meant-to-be pairing of Scyye and Bearhead provides the mix--through its sheer daring and glorious simplicity--with its most unexpectedly poignant moment; the middle stretch simply rocks, from the utterly singular "Swallow Illusions Whole," through the wickedly banging Sadsic tracks to the aforementioned SEVEN piece; after a brief ambient interlude the mix kicks back into gear through the final bit, concluding with perhaps my favorite piece on the record--"Antaku-3" by Polar Sky. I could go on for another paragraph about that track but I'd rather leave that door open hehe...
I think the unquestioned star of this edition, however, is our very own, fearless leader: Aesthetics (aka Grim on Mbient). If I were to listen to these tracks individually, over and over, for months on end, I still wouldn't be even remotely able to envision--let alone construct and execute--a mix of this level of craftsmanship. The middle, uptempo section is a thing of slippery-legged beauty; and the opening and closing tracks were expertly chosen. Never does the mix lag or lose its steam, even through the more sparse sections--on the contrary, these moments are likewise filled with little treasures, or achieve a highly evocative effect. Top-notch stuff, Grim!
It's not the least bit possible for me to name a favorite track right at the moment (a few minutes ago I thought I could, but I'm less sure now as I listen yet again haha), so I'll stick to three: "Sanctum," "Sequestered Sonata Above the Grass," and "Antaku-3" have all hooked me after my first few listens, but I'm definitely expecting that to change on the regular, maybe even from listen to listen.
This is a marvelous achievement. I'm so very proud to be a part of it, and I tip my hat to all the other artists who made this possible. I'll be spreading the word for the rest of Summer and well beyond!