After a particularly rough week, I awoke to this album in my inbox. I was told to enjoy it, and relax. Ha. Relax…. I did enjoy this album, so much in fact that I listened to it four times in one day. Something about it drew me back again and again. Prior to even typing any of these words I would say I've listened to it at least 10 times. And even now, as I write this, my ears are receiving vibrations that are calming my soul.
There are two tracks on this album. There are drums, and there is bass. Aidan Baker of Nadja (and a bunch of other bands) helms the drums, and Dorian Williamson (Northumbria, Holoscene) picks away on the bass. I’m fairly familiar with the former, and have never heard of the later, which is something I look to amend, soon. Some may call this a sludge or doom album, but to me it’s all drone.
'Careful With That Death Machine’ is a stark 28 minutes of rhythmic patterns. Drums that occasionally stray from the steady drone sound gorgeous mixed with a bass that is pulsing, not in notes, but in volume. Swells of it. It all starts out very light and simple and does indeed retain that throughout the song. A familiar chord progress in the bass and drum pattern returns a few times to assure that this isn't just noise for the sake of it. In those times the drums move from standard patterns to a minor jam session. While this song does move up in tempo, it still possesses the ability to freeze you where you’re at, forcing you to listen and pay attention.
‘The Aviator’ is a test of patience in the best way possible at 31 minutes. Starting out with a simple drumbeat on repeat (sue me) and the bass once again swelling back and forth, ‘The Aviator’ is the more aggressive of the two tracks on Adoran. Although it comes across as more of a journey as there are more quiet to loud moments present. The bass during those quiet times is plays with a very soothing hand, and backed up by a chime of cymbals galore. It brings to mind many memories of beautiful days I spent in the sun. As for the heavy parts, they are still played with beauty and finesse. It’s only towards the later 10 minutes or so, do things get very rough. And in a sense, the song itself is flying off the hinges, being played until the very last bits of noise can be brought out. The journey there is where entirely worth the payoff though. For once the rumbles have settled, you’ll find yourself ready to do it all over again.
An album for any of you that enjoy a nice session “relaxation” or a walk through the streets during days where a sweatshirt is all you need. Adoran is available to pre-order until its release on May 14th through ConSouling Sounds. If this album does find you satisfied, I recommend you check out both Adrian’s and Dorian’s other musical endeavors. Support true artists and musicians, go out and buy this record.