Ben Rath – Black Heart Music
Ben Rath delves into darkened corners on the chilling beauty of “Black Heart Music”. Aptly named, the pieces revolve around more mysterious atmospheres and impulses. Intersecting classical, drone, and ambient into a graceful whole the songs swirl about in a dreamy gauzy fashion. Through taking such a tact nothing becomes fully understandable as it all feels simply stunning. Representing the very best of modern classical at times Ben Rath lets the tracks flow organically letting the entire album work akin to that of a great symphony, with every gesture positively glistening.
“I See You Demon” starts off with a drone that flirts with harsher textures, yet never quite devolves into outright terror. Quieter still “Hidden Contract” goes for subtle hues. Nearly celebratory “Devotion” embodies a gleaming world, one full of hope and optimism. Easily the highlight of the album, “Devotion” feels awe-inspiring in its carefully selected gracious gestures. Much more potent in its physicality “Boiling Point” explodes with a visceral energy. Virtually akin to a force of nature the song blasts through with tremendous urgency, allowing all within its path to simply melt away into the unknown. Ornate and outright mystical “The Devil In Disguise” chooses a unique path as the track comes in and out of focus with such vigor. Luxurious tones emanate from the album closer, the reflective spirit of “Visit to the Other Side”.
With “Black Heart Music” Ben Rath shines a little bit of light upon such otherworldly unknown pastures.