Max Corbacho — The Unfolding Dawn
(Bandcamp no#, 2020, CD / DL)
by Peter Thelen, Published 2020-06-22
It’s a strange new world these days, hopefully only a temporary disturbance in life’s continuum, but a disturbance nonetheless, causing artists to look inward for hope and spiritual relief. Corbacho recorded this long form piece in the early weeks of the Covid-19 pandemic from march to April 2020 at his studio in Barcelona, Spain, a country hit particularly hard by the virus, that few saw coming. The Unfolding Dawn is a single piece of music, a few seconds shy of 74 minutes, coming on softly like starlight, flowing in subtle waves of sound moving gently in an introspective and seemingly trance inducing freefall into the depths of shimmering beauty. Created using synthesizers, sequencers, and atmospheres, the proceedings move forward at a near glacial pace, slowly but determinedly unfolding much like the evolution of the darkened sky toward the first rays of the morning sun, with an immersive quality that can’t easily be ignored. The piece has numerous layers that all coexist in a slow motion evolutionary process, much like a living, breathing being, incorporating all of life’s subtleties as each layer flows effortlessly forward. Don’t expect any sharp edges, excessive dynamic shifts or busy sequences here – there’s none of that – remember the word ‘glacial’ which describes the slow motion evelution of shades, colors and shadows perfectly, in tune with the cycles of nature all around in every form. In all, a powerful statement of beauty and subtlety that makes for a soothing and immersive sonic experience.
Related artist(s): Max Corbacho
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