Cavern of Sirens

by Steve Roach & vidnaObmana

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Duff Egan enormous trans-formative powers within these recordings. I've been turning to them the past few days to get rid of melancholy and existential uncertainty. Those emotions are almost instantly reworked into joy, wonder and a feeling of security within yourself. How amazing to have this effect.. Favorite track: The Current Below.
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On their 2nd collaboration from 1997, the journey continues as Steve Roach and vidnaObmana delve further into the terrain they first traversed on The Spiritual Bonding and the critically acclaimed double-cd Well of Souls.

On Cavern of Sirens, Roach and Obmana uncover yet another level of artistry within their shared passion for uncompromised soundworlds. The result is at once alluring and focused, fusing the duo’s continuously evolving signature of trance-percussion and rich harmonic textures that defy any sense of known location or origin. The release gathers four stirring pieces which lead to a final harmonic reflection which suggests what’s in store on their next project, already in the works.

Cavern of Sirens encompasses nearly 74 minutes of music presented in an elegant booklet featuring the organic visions of Belgian photographer Martine Verhoeven.

Stepping outside a world obsessed with categorizing every fragment of experience, Roach and Obmana explore subtle shades of nuance that words cannot touch. Together, they bring to life insights and apparitions that can only be charted by those willing to ride the lush and treacherous soundcurrents spiraling ever deeper through the Cavern of Sirens.

A review from The Illinois Entertainer
by Jeff Berkwits
September 1997

The best music often comes from deep within an individual’s soul, and whether a composer uses his or her creations to release personal demons or express unbridled joy, the resulting tunes work because audiences have more often than not experienced similar sentiments. Steve Roach, a pioneer in the ambient realm, and Vidna Obmana, a well-respected Belgian artist who is a more recent entrant into the space-music arena, join together on this disc to masterfully meld their collective emotions and take listeners on a dark yet decidedly delicious journey. This five-track tribal-trance album is a follow-up to an earlier collaboration titled WELL OF SOULS, and the softly subterranean nuances of that initial CD remain strongly evident on this package. The 73-minute trek commences with “Ascension for Protection,” an ephemeral work that smolders with an intoxicating mixture of synthesized effects, ethnic chanting, and a series of reverberant noises emanating from implements like didgeridoos, shells, and rainsticks. The compositions that follow twist and turn through gorgeous grottos of electronic and organic sound before ultimately reaching “The Graceful Sky,” an unambiguously ambient piece that concludes the aural adventure with a stately sense of revitalization and restoration. Through CAVERN OF SIRENS, one becomes thoroughly engulfed in the emotional and acoustical world of the artists. The excursion is hauntingly beautiful.

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released September 9, 1997

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Projekt Records Portland, Oregon

Projekt is America's premier independent label specializing in passionately intense introspective music across a variety of darkwave genres (ambient, ethereal, darkwave, electronic, goth, dark cabaret, dreampop & more). Projekt is home to a diverse roster including Steve Roach, Voltaire, Erik Wollo, Black Tape For A Blue Girl, vidnaObmana, Unto Ashes, Alio Die, Byron Metcalf, and others. ... more

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