Our latest Hypnos release, INTANGIBLE by A Produce & Loren Nerell, has been very well received. It’s getting a lot of radio play, including the tough-to-crack Hearts of Space radio show, and we’re starting to receive reviews for this album which indicate the rest of you think it’s fantastic, just like we do. Below, I’ve included both “official” reviews and casual remarks from ordinary listeners on the Hypnos Forum. If you don’t like reading long, in-depth reviews, just skip to the end of this post for some succinct, casual endorsements.
“Part of the pleasure of the collaboration is hearing the unexpected results. Such is the case on Intangible (54’48”), the wonderful CD by A Produce & Loren Nerell. As each track spins out we feel their thrill of discovery. From open empty space into which the hearer will project their own imagination to vivid soundscapes of primeval atmosphere, Intangible manipulates our sense of time and space. There is really quite a bit going on within the seven sound designs of this album. Barry Craig and Loren Nerell manage to capture the mysterious vibe of the electric jungle – a mystical place where synthesizers, samplers and signal processors coexist beautifully with native flutes, ethnic drums and ringing gamelan solos. Each piece offers a distinctive mood – either built on the seeming stillness of shifting drones, lush currents of detailed sound and environmental recordings or the rhythmic energy and repetitive structure of traditional percussion runs.
Intangible delivers realizations of deep-thought ambiance alongside rousing compositions of diverse beats. Exotic more than it is alien, harmonically rich and introspective without being dull, Intangible hopes to transport the listener to an imaginary untouched place between our early history and these technology driven times. Central is the interplay between these two musicians – who complement each other perfectly. This duo has the talent to match their ambitions.”
–Review by Chuck VanZyl, WXPN Stars End radio
“Some more musicians who have been around for some time, are Loren Nerell, who had some fine albums of Soleilmoon and Side Effects and A Produce on Hypnos and Trance Port. If Nebulae and Steve Brand are downright ambient with a small tendency towards new age, this collaboration is the one that drifts slightly towards the realms of ambient house. Not as ‘pumping’ or ‘driving’ as some others, but the plinky plonky rhythm elements are surely present, along with small melodies, as opposed to endlessly sustaining material. It reminded of the earlier solowork by these two, but also a fine reminder of the Silent Records catalogue, especially the work of The Heavenly Music Corporation, or the pseudo/quasi ethnic percussion of O Yuki Conjugate in ‘String Theory’. This is where ambient house was at its most ambient and least house related. Great atmospherics going on here, the perfect chill out music, in case anyone knows what that was all about. Great late night music, or very early morning.”
–Reviewed by Frans DeWaard, Vital Weekly
“A Produce and Loren Nerell, two highly respected, in California based, sound explorers in the genre, remained quiet for the last few years. But since summer of 2007 they were sporadically working on new project that firstly ended up as a soundtrack to Bart Santello’s short film “Intangible”. Now, few years later, they are striking with long time awaited collaborative effort “Intangible” on Hypnos. Stunning digipak artwork (art and design by Hypnos’ Mike Griffin) catched immediately my attention, shortly followed by truly exciting sonic landscapes. Yes, Barry Craig and Loren Nerell deliver amazing blend of gentle atmospherics and crispy tribal rhythms, all made in a very distinguished manner showing enormous potential of like-minded musicians who are uniting their talents and styles. The title track “Intangible” opens this show with its delicately crafted warm atmosonics, tranquilly and graciously floating around my ears just like the cover image, wonderful intro!!! “Planet Atmo” fits exactly its title, another beautifully evocative aerial ambience with occasionally raising and falling texture, a true intergalactic voyage at its most captivating level! Earthy and galvanizing power of tribal drumming, tinkling bells, suggestive flutes and strange sounds enrich exotic perfumed “String Theory”. The next cut, “Area 51.1″ merges gently deep space drifts with slowed down trance-like rhythm, a very smooth and mesmerizing, crystal clear listening experience, totally magnificent!!! “Lost In Transformation” is slightly more experimental, ghostly and meditative, flavored with singing bowls, voice samples, bells, assorted metallic sounds. A very impressive exploration of deep and mysterious realms! “Meadow Dusk” incorporates again tender tribal drumming blended with peaceful and melancholic floaters, another strongly visualizing composition. The CD ends with hypnotic “Pot Covers At Dawn”, the most naturally sounding piece with occasionally emerging tribal beats. Every piece on “Intangible” is masterful, A Produce and Loren Nerell delivered the best of their masteries. This is one of the best albums so far for 2011, so if you like a truly sophisticated mixture of immersive sound painting with sensitive tribal elements, you can’t go wrong with “Intangible”, it’s highly recommended!”
–Reviewed by Richard G¸rtler (Bratislava, Slovakia)
“I love this recording! I agree with Forrest, my fav cuts are Lost In Transformation and Pot Covers At Dawn. Excellent release all around.”
–David Michuda on the Hypnos Forum
“Really nice! One of the highlights of 2011 so far.”
–Eric719 on the Hypnos Forum
“Great album. An “instant classic” in the Hypnos catalog, and probably the best thing I’ve heard this year.”
–Drone On, on the Hypnos Forum
Our thanks to everyone who has purchased and listened to Intangible, whether they’ve reviewed it or not. Remember, if you listen to a CD and enjoy it, you should spread the word to others who may enjoy it as well!