Lesser Epitomes is the latest release from Sea of Tranquility's own electronic/ambient music specialist Kerry Leimer. With three long suites totalling up at 70 minutes, the artist takes you on an extended journey through vast space and time, with the individual sections of each piece telling their own story, like chapters of a book. The opening, near half-hour "Nonadaptive Layers", is a haunting, and at times poignant wave of sound, keyboards playing the part of cellos & violins, mournful in their cries, yet gently floating across the horizon. For "Nine Approximations", which as you can imagine is made up of nine different sections, Leimer almost uses his arsenal as one would a Mellotron, the somber tones quickly changing pitch, and the listener can close his or her eyes, and imagine the music leaving a trail of hope as the sun rises off in the distance. It's not until the final suite "Naive Music" where darker themes come into play, as the setting turns into a more spacier, Zeit type of atmosphere, as Leimer takes the listener into the dark reaches of outer space quite effectively and chillingly.
Taken as a whole 70-minute body of music or dissecting the 21 individual parts, Lesser Epitomes is a textured collection of sound that has much more to offer than most releases in the electronic/ambient/drone genre. In other words, there's much more than your standard background music here. Pull up a chair on your front porch the next time you have a clear, starry night, pour yourself a nice glass of wine, crank up Lesser Epitomes, and let your mind roam.
1) Nonadaptive Layers 1-5 (27:12)
6) Nine Approximations 6-14 (23:46)
15) Naive Music 15-21 (17:49)
Total Time (70:39)