Art Of Harmony
Cosmic Leaf Records
Israeli chill out artist Zero Cult stayed with Cosmic Leaf to release Art of Harmony, having previously worked with Millennium, it seems that the predominantly net orientated music label suited his works and direction. As the album opens with a track called “Neokarma”, a breathy intro delicately tempts the ears to prick and give this some thought. As the first few bars roll by, some interesting key strokes make a cue for a sweet rhythm and a gentle dose of bass that causes the music to sit up and take a rightful place in the room.
Melodics are drawn upon in a pulsed flow that swirls in repetition but crafts corridors of sound that allow the music to simply sway from side to side and exist. Being part of the experience as a whole, a soundtrack to eternity snakes around the slow but active beat. A breezy drum score keeps the mellow and spacey flow in motion, graceful sonics greet each other in loops and overlaps that curl like cats by an open hearth. The heat source being a dramaticism and vibrancy that shimmers as if eclipsed by the meatier and jutted rhythm and bass.
As “X-Space” begins to play, the space-age feel is given a fresh energy that lifts the music into new parts of the soundsphere. Floating in zero gravity as snappy and technical rhythmic loops adjust a floaty and bouncy melody, the piece swifty loses the original organic sensations brought in by the previous number. The subtle change in sensation allows the music to evolve and grow without bringing in something that loses the cool and laid-back edge that it leans on so well. Dancing around the notion of relaxation with interesting and clever steps makes this a deep and nourishing composition.
The album sits nicely in a space of its own and can be played for relaxation or for background depth to a room. Synthesisers dominate the music, and the cross over between styles is subtle but noticeable. Every track calls upon slightly different ingredients but lay within the same tracks, delivering quality and chilled out vibrations in modestly lengthed numbers. Spooky sections and periods of anticipation give the colour a heady direction. Pan pipes and voice sounds give way to more earthy textures during the calmer periods, as the wave motion of the albums progression peaks, technology is called upon to give an extra layer of energy which is given time to rest as the more peaceful sections allow the music to dress closer to home.
You can get the album now from iTunes
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