Another Two Reviews for The Deception of Reality

It’s time for a couple more reviews of Numina’s latest Hypnos release, The Deception of Reality.

“Judging on the basis of The Deception of Reality, Numina’s deep ambient is about as deep as ambient gets. American ambient composer Jesse Sola takes the listener on a seventy-five-minute journey through the outer reaches of space on his fourth Numina release on Hypnos and his first since 2007’s Shift to the Ghost. Though five tracks are indexed and titled, the material plays like an uninterrupted travelogue of epic proportion and immersive character. As a purely listening experience (and played loud enough for maximum impact), the material exudes a grandiose quality and registers as the sonic equivalent of a towering classical architectural structure.

The Deception of Reality carves out an immense reverberant space within which radiant synthetic elements resound and where impenetrably dense textures form backdrops to shimmering electronics and serpentine melodic patterns. Percussive strikes intermittently emerge, though they have less impact in this context when the non-percussive elements are already pitched at such a high level. Long swaths of synthetic sounds stretch across the vast spaces and ethereal choral voices occasionally surface, too. The intensity level remains feverishly high throughout the opening parts, “The Illusion Transmission” and “Our Elegant Experience,” which makes “In Cerulean Haze” all the more appealing for providing a ten-minute interlude of relative placidity and quietude. The nearly twenty-minute “Empire of Nothing” perpetuates that serene state in its swirls of washes and softly whistling tones, after which the luminous “Translunary Return” provides an equally soothing resolution to the project as a whole. That the album is heavily synth-based is borne out by sleeve info that lists the synthesizers (eight by my count) that Sola used to generate the tracks’ sounds. Production details aside, The Deception of Reality clearly suggests that lovers of deep ambient will find Numina’s material satisfying in the extreme.”
–Reviewed by

“From the labels notes on Jesse Sola’s concept release “The Deception of Reality” I learned it’s about introspective escapism while balancing light and dark themes, with the music transporting the listener to wherever they wish the music to take them.

Jesse’s previous two albums already opened the doorway to a much deeper and darker-flavoured sonic environment, something that nicely continues on the five lengthy, uninterrupted pieces on this 75-minute album. We’re talking about spacious, slighty melodic but overall expansive soundscapes here that venture into alternate realities with lots of mystic caverns and longform dwellings into the vast unknown.

Besides occasional undercurrents of mourning and melancholy, Numina’s expressive, constantly evolving and overall emotive textures paints beautiful pictures, all fitting in a grand, transparent design.
I though can imagine the drifting flow making up the rather Roach-oriented 19-minute “Empire of Nothing” may be a bit too minimal for some. Fortunately, the smooth, warm and dreamy waves of the final track “Translunary Return” again pull things in a different direction.

All in all, if you love imaginary and in-depth ambient soundscape music, the excellently mastered “The Deception of Reality” won’t disappoint the least.”

–Reviewed by Bert Strolenberg, Sonic Immersion

Purchase for $12.99 on Hypnos Online Store

Two Reviews of The Deception of Reality by Numina

As before, catching up with posting some reviews of recent Hypnos titles. This time it’s The Deception of Reality by Numina.

“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.”
–Review by Lloyd Barde

“From the opening moments of his new release, The Deception of Reality, ambient artist Numina creates a true sense of spaciousness, of a vast and immeasurable place that collects and holds sound, and then proceeds to immerse you in it. This disc is filled with big, rich pads that draw long arcs across the sky, their vapor trail remnants crossing and playing off each other. The strata run very deep here, and superbly dense, paired in places with a sense of melody pulled out to the distances, to create phrases that reveal themselves over time.

The disc opens in tenuous territory with “The Illusion Transmission.” Dark curls of sound, moaning vocal samples, and a persistent bass drone lay the foundation. The movement is languid and dream-like, but the dream is dark and brooding. With his usual finesse, Numina slowly tweaks that feeling, and by mid-track the mood has lightened and lifted. The change is so subtle that you likely won’t notice it until you feel it–and that’s testament to the effect of the music. The shortest offering here is over nine minutes long, so Numina is giving himself ample room to stretch out what’s he’s got to say, and cover a lot of sonic and emotional ground. It’s a seamless flow; the “tracks” are just index points marking time along the journey, because you will, in fact, become lost in it. Each track also has its own distinct sensibility, and the movement through them feels sensible and solid. Light and buoyant notes sing across much of “Our Elegant Experience,” perfectly airy against the thick wash behind them. As the track rolls along, Numina changes the texture of this repeating pattern, keeping it from going stale. This simple mantra of notes marks waypoints in the depths of a very mesmerizing flow. “In Cerulean Haze” takes another extended bass drone as it launching point, then widens out into broad ambient drifts, quiet and calming and quite affecting.

“Empire of Nothing,” the longest track, carries on that meditative flow, but adds a more distinct touch of melody in glittering high notes. A slowly rising and falling waveform threads its way through the track like a breath. It ends with a rush of synth wind that takes us into the final track, “Translunary Return.” The character here is one of slight melancholy, borne on that wind (which packs a nice classic electronic music feel) and more vocal pads singing in a soft chorale. Once again, the layering is splendid; you can listen to it build here quite well, new elements dovetailing into the mix as the piece progresses.

Like all of Numina’s work, The Deception of Reality is a disc I would be glad to just leave playing on infinite loop. It takes on stunning dimension in headphones, and I find myself wanting to listen to it at volume. It’s got a real visceral quality to it, thanks to his excellent hand at creating textured sounds, and the emotional potency of the work as a whole is undeniable. A truly outstanding
–Review by Hypnagogue

We have some other recent reviews for this fantastic album, but don’t want to post them all at once — more soon!

Purchase for $12.99 on Hypnos Online Store

Numina’s Deception of Reality Featured on StillStream

News from (and about) Numina:

“The Deception of Reality” is the featured album at StillStream for the month of February 2013!

StillStream has this to say about the latest album:

“A hauntingly deep journey, The Deception of Reality is highly recommended. Numina conjures up huge harmonic spaces that reverberate and breathe so naturally that the five tracks sound as if they composed themselves from some stratosphere in another dimension. Heavy use of pads and silky synths executed with great finesse glide alongside light melodic encounters that make this album one to spin over and over again.”

Our thanks to StillStream for supporting this great ambient artist!

Nov 2012 Top 20 List – Mystic Music –

Just received this November airplay top 20 list from Eric Meece, host of Mystic Music radio. Congratulations to Numina, whose Hypnos release The Deception of Reality appears here.

Mystic Music –
Report Submittal for 11/2012

1. Steve Roach & Dirk Serries – Low Volume Music – Projekt
2. Craig Padilla – Below the Mountain – Spotted Peccary Music
3. Erik Wøllo – Silent Currents: Live at Star’s End – Projekt
4. Robert Carty – Ecoroots – Deep Sky Music
5. Dan Pound – Return To Other Worlds – Pound Sounds
6. Alpha Wave Movement – Eolian Reflections – Periphery
7. Michele Ippolito – Drifting In Dreams – Penrose Records
8. Altus – Winter Embrace
9. Altus – Winter Embrace II
10. Altus – Winter Embrace III
11. Erik Wøllo – Airborne – Projekt
12. Max Corbacho – The Talisman – ad21 Music
13. Robert Rich – Live Archive Vol. 7 – Shamballa – Soundscape Productions
14. Ken Elkinson – Music For Commuting – August Son Productions
15. Loren Nerell – Slow Dream – Projekt
16. thought guild – Third Voyage – Harmonic Resonance Recordings
17. Andrew Lahiff – Cosmic Archeology – Self Released
18. Andrew Lahiff – Quiet Correlations
19. Numina – The Deception Of Reality – Hypnos Recordings
20. Robert Daniel Lahey – breathing may surprise

Numina’s Latest on WVKR Radio Top 20 for Oct 2012

Numina’s latest, The Deception of Reality, made the Oct 2012 airplay top 20 list for WVKR Radio’s Secret Music show. Thanks to host Scott Raymond for all the airplay!

WVKR-FM “Secret Music” Top 20 Playlist
October, 2012

1. Jeff Pearce – In the Season of Fading Light – Jeff Pearce Music
2. Graham Getty – The Lattice – Musiczeit
3. Alpha Wave Movement – Eolian Reflections – Periphery
4. Arcane – Quarantine – Self Released
5. Andrew Lahiff – Inner Worlds Returning – Relaxed Machinery
6. Ed Gerhard – There And Gone – Virtue
7. Kevin Keller – The Day I Met Myself – Kevin Keller Productions
8. Montana Skies – Cello Guitar Fusion – Self Released
9. Paul Ellis – I Am Here – Lotuspike – Spotted Peccary Music
10. Numina – The Deception Of Reality – Hypnos Recordings
11. Bryan Carrigan – Passing Lights – Peonies Music
12. Bryan Carrigan – Focus – Peonies Music
13. Sebastian Plano – Arrhythmical Part of Hearts – Self Released
14. Jason Sloan – Fall Of The Fifth Sun – Slobor
15. Uwe Reckzeh – Mirror Images – Musiczeit
16. Igneous Flame / Ensueno – Pandora – LuminaSounds
17. Dan Pound – Return To Other Worlds – Pound Sounds
18. Bertrand Loreau – Journey Through The Past – Spheric
19. Softbase – Softbase – Self Released
20. Jill Haley – Zion and Bryce Canyon Soundscapes – Self Released