Dementia and Hope Trails – Ethereal Hurt C20

21 July 2011 xdementia No Comment

Dementia and Hope Trails – Ethereal Hurt C20

Dynamo Sound Collective

Dementia and Hope Trails is yet another one of the many faces of Justin Marc Lloyd perhaps better known as Pregnant Spore or less well known under a multitude of project names such as False Flag, Sensible Nectar and Ghost Volcano. This particular project sees Lloyd on guitar, some extraneous electronics, tapes and field recordings. I would be hard pressed to know this however, because Ethereal Hurt offers up 20 blissful moments of spacy, undulating drone.

Apparently both sides are untitled here so Side A consists of heavy droning harmonic shifts with a thick sound. It’s monolithic and mellow, slowly alternating tones that merge together and fall apart only to come back around again. The sounds converge into a new-age style track that somewhat reminds me of Tangerine Dream or Emeralds but with a denser, more simplistic core.

Side B presents a more airy sound with a similiar compositional style. Once again shifting drones, simple yet precise and well organized. Moving in elemental shifts the drones cascade through the listening space surrounding me effectively and never reaching a dull feedback tone, or musical guitar strumming. Always staying away, in the distance, abstract yet present.

Here is yet another Justin Marc Lloyd project I can check off my list as enjoying and I’m glad to do so when a gem like this reaches my ears. Short, yet to the point the tracks are nothing new but solid works of drone composition, especially when considering this is mostly derived from a guitar it sounds full, clear and contemplative.

Composition: ★★★½☆
Sounds: ★★★½☆
Production Quality: ★★★★☆
Concept: ★★★☆☆
Packaging: ★★★☆☆
Overall Rating: ★★★½☆

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