Inner Trip – Initiate 7.2
Inner Trip makes a hauntingly sad album with ‘Initiate’. No light it is let in through its almost unnerving sense of clam. Much of this is nearly pure ambient. This is atmospheric music at its most intense. Over the course of the album it becomes more and more despondent. Hardly any hope filters into its dark vision. In those few times of loudness or intensity it only reinforces this sense of hopelessness. A case could be made for cinematic music due to its subdued qualities for these pieces whisper. A lack of hard beats adds to this feeling as well.
The album start with a pinging rhythm before it builds up into an enormous piece. Some of these pieces are extremely minimal. ‘Maya’ barely has a pulse; it lingers as a quiet moody track. On the absolute opposite side of this is the track ‘Reincarnation’ which gets extremely loud (in comparison to the rest of the album). Watch the volume levels on this particular track as it almost shocks with its sheer burst of energy. For me the lower-key songs are fascinating. As he removes more and more elements leaving behind mere ghosts of song this is when it gets extremely interesting. Minimalism is all over the album. At the end comes the longest piece ‘The Waves of Infinity’ which is quite an elegant piece. Here he keeps it subdued and near-silent. Occasional swells appear out of the otherwise calm sea of sound.
Overall this is a sad album. The quiet adds to the downbeat mood. It is rather gorgeous in its quietness.