Nheap – Flying and the silence 7.1
‘Flying and the silence’ brings together elements of jazz, post-rock, and
ambient. The vibraphone features prominently throughout the album. Aspects of
the sound are highly reminiscent of Tristeza, an instrumental band from
California who engages in a similar sound. Unlike Tristeza there is hope within
these pieces. Rather than falling down these songs explore before reaching
content conclusions. Features of pure ambient sound are injected throughout the
album with a greater emphasis on group play than any particular solo. Here the
number of musicians could be any amount yet it is only one person, Massimo Discepoli. Blending them together creates a vast
sound that seems as if it is constantly shifting.
edits adorn the opener ‘Between the trees’. Over the course of the song various
instruments bubble up to the glistening crystal clear surface. By the end Nheap
becomes more interested in the edits deliberately cutting the sound short to
focus on microscopic aspects of the sound. ‘Flying and the silence’ is
surprisingly active by the standards of much of the album. Employing a rather
fast tempo it manages to get relatively spacious by the end, deliberately
stretching out into the sky. ‘Lost in a leaf’ evolves multiple times, dropping
out percussion entirely to focus on the sunny keyboards that eventually are
edited out of recognition.
dream’ is one of the most interesting experiments on the entire album. Here
there is no attempt made at a traditional feel. The sound has been edited into
a strange soup of glitches working together. Disorienting it is also one of the
highlights of the album. A large sound returns for the finale of ‘Wandering’
which lets everything gracefully shuffle out of sight.