Samora – The Unspeakable 7.3
‘The Unspeakable’ is perhaps the best name to give an almost all-instrumental album. Samora creates shining pieces on this album. Everything exudes a tremendous sense of calm. Music for glaciers might be one way to describe it. Melodic fragments drift out of these slow moving pieces. Rhythms are ebbs and flows. Poetry is spoken over these pieces. When she speaks the entire piece almost melts away, revealing her hiding within the giant drones.
Classical influences are heavy throughout these six pieces. On the first one a piano manages to emerge out of the cloud. Right in the middle Christine Hanson appears out of the sense of calm. Her voice matches the tone of the entire piece perfectly. After she finishes the track begins up once more, rebuilding itself and revealing the many layers of drone. ‘Shine’ takes a different approach. Here the drones are not prevalent. The piece breathes. Space becomes rather enormous as single instruments display themselves in the latter half of the piece. ‘Caos’ is unusually harsh considering its surroundings. It is nearly industrial in tone. For the closer and title track ‘The Unspeakable’ combines all that came before it into a soothing, ending piece. It retains a near-western tinge at times. Little electronic gurgles are reminiscent of glitch effects done tastefully. Christine appears on the track in tiny microscopic fragments.
Peaceful sound is the best way to describe it. The drones are restrained, at times jaw-dropping in their sheer beauty. Samora knows how to keep the sound rather refined. It is a tender sweet approach to drone, a genre that often forgets how to be intimate.