I am not sure what happend to me this summer, but I somehow deeply fell in love with intelligent dance music (IDM). Now PANDORA’S BLACK BOOK released their new album Divergent on DIRK GEIGER‘s label Raumklang Music. It s the fourth full length release from James Church’s downtempo side project, PANDORA’S BLACK BOOK. After the blurring of lines and genres in the creation of Tympanik Audio’s Black Brothel themed release, Divergent observes James Church further distinguishing and defining his alter ego’s musical niche. Divergent focuses less on complex percussion and more on sonic soundscapes of lush pads and soaring melodies. James attempts to create audio spaces that flow like winter rivers below layers of cold ice. At one moment crisp and chilling and the next, organic and soothing. This release attempts to clearly separate James’ Lucidstatic percussive mayhem from the harmony focused PANDORA’S BLACK BOOK. This release will be a must hear for fans of MILLIPEDE, ERODE, ASTRAL PROJECTIONS and listeners of downtempo / ambient IDM.
And exactly this is what makes Divergent that special: it focusses on soundscapes and huge atmospheres and not an complex click-clack-drums. It is ambient IDM at its best that PANDORA’S BLACK BOOK bring with this masterpiece. And another thing that is great about this record: cold music released in a warm summer. This is what I call perfection!
You can listen to the entire album here:
PANDORAS BLACK BOOK
downtempo / ambient IDM