Nverxion - A Look Within
Title: A Look Within
Label: Hypnos Secret Sounds hss14, limited cdr edition of 300
2007. Nverxion (pronounced like "Inversion") is the name under which David Brancato records his ambient & experimental electronic works. Brancato, based in Orlando, Florida, is also a artist and photographer, and is relatively new to electronic music. Reference points for Nverxion's sound would be Numina, Steve Roach, Robert Rich, Jonn Serrie and Jeff Pearce (all of whom the artist acknowledges as influences).
Of his debut CD, Nverxion says, "A Look Within began about two years ago as a series of experimental improvisations. In the beginning I was just concerned with learning my way through the process of creating and recording the sound... As I progressed, the foundations of more advanced compositions began to form, and soon I noticed a common feeling running through each of the pieces. Building on this concept, I developed what is now a complete body of work."
We at Hypnos particularly enjoy discovering young, emerging artists who need help getting exposed. If the endorsement of Hypnos isn't enough on its own, these audio clips below should help convince even skeptical ambient music listeners that Nverxion is doing something distinctive and fresh. So many new ambient artists rely too much on slow, flat drones, and it's great to hear material that evolves, with sharp sound design, and an engaging progression to the album as a whole. It's true, we said the same thing just a few months ago when we introduced Hypnos listeners to Justin Vanderberg, but we'll say it again: this is a composer and recording artist many people will be talking about after he has a few albums to his credit, and he has started out strong.
Track listing (with mp3 sample clips):
Emergence (05:17) MP3
In This Place I Wander (18:59) MP3
From Where I Stand (06:49) MP3
Fortune of the Sky (18:32) MP3
In This Place I Rest (24:20) MP3
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Reviews"Nverxion’s A Look Within makes little effort to disguise its influences (Roach, Rich, Alio Die, etc.), which in this case is not necessarily a dealbreaker. Sangfroid titles such as “In This Place I Wander” tickle the aural ivories pleasantly enough, thanks to fluttering rattles and airborne synths that dissolve into thinning peals of light. Won’t make a dent in ears galvanized by twenty years of Structures from Silence, but it’s still a respectable slice of genre music."
--Darren Bergstein, Signal To Noise magazine