Frame | The Journey
Glacial Movements (CD/DL)
Frame (Eugenio Vatta/Andrea Benedetti) deliver an all encompassing spacial record, a deep ambient dive with a lunar glow. The two have been creating electronic landscapes as far back as the early 90’s. The concept on The Journey has to do with the planets in our universe – and it is undoubtedly at the speed of lethargic space travel. These ten tracks flow into each other, and I hear this as a straight long-player, so it’s recommended to allow it to run its course. Easily the type of work fit for a sleep concert, it might be wise to consider this booked as an overnight audio/visual experience in a planetarium.
The cover art, though incredibly simple, captures the spirit and mood set forth with its blue-grey mysterious snowscape and beaming full moon. Whispers and silences drive this entire recording, in fact even as I am listening this moves effortlessly between Earth Frame and Mars Frame, without going into any new tangent. For a skeptic, it’s more as if our ear is being treated to an elixir of subterfuge and misdirection, only to slip into its warm kaleidoscopic seduction.
With the sensual lapping of waves and there is very little flux here. Jupiter Frame sounds like being in a rural location with distant traffic while in a rainstorm, tires on pavement, until there is a noticeable shift as we reach Saturn Frame. Here there are delusional signals and rickety jet propulsion. The chords overlaps and dive quickly as if a certain sound barrier has been punctured. Just then a stillness re-emerges, but this time with a slight deleterious edge that slowly vapourizes. The only track here that seems mostly transitional without much weight or substance would be Neptune Frame, it’s more or less a simplistic passage to reach Pluto and Charon. Here, in a cyclic gesture, steam and other miscreant elements are gently extruded. With heavy breath and a the grating of the surface layers a textural quake rises for the first time on the record.
Now for the perfect segue into the concluding, The Arrival, which comes too soon as I want this on rotation to allow for maximum stress reduction and release of negative ions. There are small nuggets that reflect a familiarity with the work of Philip Glass here, it’s not immediate, more hallucinatory in deployment. Though if you want an icy and refined ambient record to sooth your personal hysteria, this may be what a doctor without borders might prescribe.