Voice - Review
by Jeff Johansen
THE SPECTRAL SHIPS
At first impression, The
Spectral Ships marks a striking departure from
Richard Bone's last several albums. Voice
samples are very sparingly used (only on the
first and last tracks), the characteristic
pulsing, bassy electronic rhythm elements are
absent, and the sardonic humor is missing.
Spectral ships is the most ambient and subtle
album in Bone's discography. The songs are
quiet, mysterious, and eerie. It is darker and
more introspective than Richard's other
ambient effort "The Eternal Now".
The ambient audiophile will find some fresh
and fascinating this album. The
spooky electronic background in "Palantine" is
overlaid with a sweet melancholy piano, the
environmental treatments on "Nocturna" and
"Fata Morgana" interweave with
pseudo-environmental electronics such that
origins of the sounds are murky and confusing,
and the melodies of many of the tracks can be
simultaneously dark and inspirational, an
ambiguity delightful to my jaded ears. Richard
Bone has created a work of sophistication and
finesse, demonstrating again his originality
among ambient music composers.
The Spectral Ships should please his fans and
new listeners alike, and will play well on
electronic, space, and ambient radio.
Instrumentation: Synthesizers, samplers,