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Stevie Floyd / Aerial Ruin: Split

This split is currently available on vinyl or as a download through each artist's respective BandCamp page. It's definitely worth a listen, if only to hear some of the most eclectic and unusual sounds currently available. I liked this album, but I was split (pun intended, I think) on how much I liked it. The tracks by Aerial Ruin were dark and moody acoustic tracks that I found constantly engaging and interesting. I especially liked the small chord changes and the rapidly played arpeggios. As I listened, I found myself diving deeper and deeper not only into the music but also into my own thoughts. I especially enjoyed "Where the Shadow Stands," but was no less impressed by the other tracks.

I was somewhat less interested in the material by Stevie Floyd, mostly because it was a little overwhelmingly dark at times. Her sound is much darker than Aerial Ruin's—always dark and atmospheric, occasionally dissonant, but always gloomy and desolate, a sustained lament for things lost. I suspect there's something ultimately cathartic about all this, a way to finger the wounds of life and somehow rise above them. I was interested in the sound but grew weary of it after several minutes.

On the whole, this is music for a sad wintry day. Fortunately for me, today is one of those days.

Track Listing:
1. Aerial Ruin: Where the Shadow Stands
2. Aerial Ruin: November
3. Aerial Ruin: Less than Deca
4. Aerial Ruin: Blood for Fall
5. Aerial Ruin: Ascending
6. Aerial Ruin: The Only Road
7. Stevie Floyd: You Scathed the Sun
8. Stevie Floyd: Failure
9. Stevie Floyd: Wrest in Natur
10. Stevie Floyd: Disappear
11. Stevie Floyd: Ungod Reappear
12. Stevie Floyd: This Has Gone

Added: January 8th 2014
Reviewer: Carl Sederholm
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Language: english

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