Sevenism – Saline Celestial
Sevenism’s “Saline Celestial” is an exquisite replica of eternity. Featuring grand sweeps of sound alongside cyclical drone work, the multi-layered suites recall the work of the post-rock classically inclined Stars of the Lid. Throughout the entirety of the piece the songs morph in a myriad of deeply compelling, emotionally dense ways. Akin to a journey, each song represents yet another leg of that trip. By opting for such an approach the pieces teem with life.
“Deserted” starts the album off on a high note as the way the sound gradually evolves gives it a rather sedate, almost mellow quality. Subverting this approach is the glitch-infused churn of “Blurred Clouds”. Layers of layer intermingle to create a stream of consciousness element, as every color appears for only a mere moment before it scurries away. Airy and light in tone is the soothing work of “Halocline”. Great varieties of color are explored throughout the piece as the shifting of textures works wonders, revealing Sevenism to be particularly adept at creating shimmering melodies just resting on the horizon. Nearly ghostly in presence is the spacious ambitious work of “Humid Afternoon” which exists in a dreamy haze. Bringing the album to a calming close is the gorgeous “Coriolis”. Within this piece Sevenism explores a wide swath of emotions, from joy to panic and back again. Easily the highlight of the collection its amorphous nature works to its ultimate advantage.
“Saline Celestial” represents the absolute best of ambient drone, showing Sevenism to be true masters of their craft.