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Shining Pyramid: Tree

Following on from 2018’s Children Of The Stones, London progressive, ambient, electronic duo Shining Pyramid return with the organically titled Tree. It’s an apt name for an album that seems to be deeply rooted in emotion, as a surprisingly natural flow of sounds is delivered by mainly electronic instruments. Admittedly, some piano is neatly sidled into spaces you wouldn’t expect and with much of the guitar work patient and considered, so a sound that can remind of Tangerine Dream in places somehow feels much less austere.

The overall effect as you take the stroll between “Rain” and “Like Katriona” is of a calmness and serenity, the synth work from Peter Jeal never rushed or forceful, instead he and guitarist Nick Adams offer mere suggestions of where your mood should take you as they lay down whispers of sound that caress the senses. The latter of those two tracks employs a feature that the previous outing from this pair over-used, a mid-song pause finding the mood and muse of the sounds heading into a different direction both in tone and intention. However, unlike on Children… here it’s an idea not relied upon and as such one which ensures you remain dialled into music that can at times, quite intentionally, wash over you. Here too the pace suddenly picks up and a near riff is employed to inject an energy that surprises compared to almost everything else you’ll encounter, even if it is in reality, quite reserved.

However, considering that all of the pieces from the hypnotic “Transmitter C” through to the deeply melodic, yet deeply questioning “Joy?” and its angular asides, evolve as they reach their conclusions, what Shining Pyramid do is quite clever. In the wrong hands this style of music can quickly become a forgotten backdrop to other activities. This album however has enough about it to maintain itself in the forefront of your mind. That doesn’t quite stop it from, for me anyway, still falling into the category of mood music, but when this is the style of soothing you crave, it really is a salve for the soul.

Track Listing
1. Transmitter C
2. Triskel
3. Campfire
4. Rain
5. Like Katriona
6. Weird Science
7. Joy?

Added: October 2nd 2021
Reviewer: Steven Reid
Related Link: Shining Pyramid on bandcamp
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Language: english

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