I’ve been hard at work putting together our first ever Hypnos artist spotlight. Hope you enjoy it!
Jesse Sola is an American keyboardist who goes under the project name Numina. He was born in 1971 into a musical family, and currently resides in Denver, Colorado. Jesse began recording music in his twenties while in college. Jesse’s choice of instrumentation is the use of synthesizers and acoustic instruments melded together to create deep, evolving music that ranges from melancholy to mysterious. Currently, Numina has released albums on his own Numinamusic label as well as Gestalt Records, Hypnos Recordings and Dark Duck Records, and been featured several times on the syndicated radio program, “Music From The Hearts of Space.” -Wikipedia
The Deception of Reality is the latest release by Numina on the Hypnos label.
2012. ‘The Deception of Reality’ is the fourth Numina release on Hypnos, the first since 2007’s ‘Shift to the Ghost.’ Still present is Numina’s trademark sound, combining abstract deep-space textures with subtle melodic and rhythmic elements, but with a new emphasis on more vivid sonics. Listeners seeking smooth, creamy synthesizer background textures will still find them, here overlaid with more “up front” accents. Extra care has been taken in the mixing and mastering to preserve the separation and placement of individual instruments, and we believe the result is the best pure sound experience Numina has ever come up with.
Follow this link to Numina’s Youtube page to listen to the full song, ‘Our Elegant Experience,’ from this album.
Other Hypnos albums by this artist include:
Sanctuary of Dreams
2004. The first release on Hypnos by this up-and-coming ambient artist based in Colorado. Numina arrived on the scene following a handful of self-released albums and quickly rose to become one of the most popular new faces in electronic ambient music.
Eye of the Nautilus
2005. The second release by Numina on the Hypnos label, the follow-up to his acclaimed breakthrough Sanctuary of Dreams (2004). Eye of the Nautilus is similar to its predecessor tonally, but also explores some different themes and textures. Evocative electronic percussion is present at times, but overall the feel is one of deep-space ambience.
It is with good reason that Numina is one of the few names in ambient music to so quickly gain in reputation and prominence in this new millennium. His work evolves dramatically with each new release, and by now he has surely made the transition from “new name you should watch” to the status of “established artist.” This is an album full of ideas, with a fresh and varied sound design.
Shift to the Ghost
2006. Numina’s third album on Hypnos Recordings is “Shift to the Ghost,” a long-form continuous piece with indexed track points. Each song is distinctly different in feel, but the songs evolve seamlessly into each other.
Numina himself states that the album “is about the life and death of the physical self,” hence the title. Whatever the concept, this album contains all the elements Numina fans enjoy, from deep and sombre ambient, to twinkling, swirling space music, constantly evolving. It’s a long, fascinating visual journey, and it never grows tired.
Numina also has a track on the Hypnos compilation, ‘Message from a Subatomic World,’ which can be found HERE.
Be sure to check out the Numina section of the Hypnos online store for more from this wonderful artist.
Numina’s personal website: http://numinamusic.com/