Nodolby – Inception/Aftermath 7.9
Nodolby uses patience to full effect on ‘Inception/Aftermath’. These are patient pieces. With each one sprawling out to almost unreasonable amount Nodolby has plenty of time. Melodies actually play a large part in each particular piece. For the beginning of the songs there is a focus more on the large, on the general structure. As the pieces continue though Nodolby fills in the empty spaces with new sounds until the original superstructure is destroyed to reveal the microscopic events happening right on the periphery. Using a specific segment of sound helps to keep the entire process highly unified. Indeed each piece compliments the other, happiness with sadness. These are perfectly complimentary pieces.
‘Inception’ remains the quicker paced track. Beginning with a warm sounding drone it slowly blooms. How Nodolby adds additional details only increases this sense of warmth. Happiness spreads gradually until the drone itself is completely eliminated for a jumpy heavily edited smaller size. Little pangs play on top of this as the music appears to almost shimmer. Eventually the music dissolves away into emptiness. ‘Aftermath’ starts out considerably lonelier. Without any of the activity of the first track it feels much more isolated. Here Nodolby uses silence to build tension. By the end it resembles the beauty of Nobukazu Takemura’s ‘Scope’ project with little tones bouncing off of each other in a classical manner as an organ nervously makes its way through.
Altogether this is a tender little album. The small, the large, and the medium sized tones come together to create a coherent and surprisingly emotional whole.