The newest release on Soft Recordings brings together Linear Bells, the primary musical alias of label founder David Teboul, and Sound Awakener, the solo music project of Vietnamese experimental sound artist Nhung Nguyen. The album is called Belonging to the Infinity and will be released April 19.
There is a strong spirit of collaboration among the artists of the ambient genre and it is always especially enjoyable when two or more join creative forces to forge something new that still manages to accentuate the best of their respective styles. Belonging to the Infinity does just that.
Teboul’s vivid dronescapes and resonant cello blend with Nguyen’s avant-garde leaning sonic explorations to create a collection of rich musical tapestries that live up to the album’s title as they simultaneously achieve both a sense of timelessness and modernity. Indeed it is an album of captivating contrasts and juxtapositions. Earthy and otherworldly. Delicate and bold. Expansive and intricate. Perhaps the most ear catching aspect is the extensive use of chimes as a motif throughout many of the pieces, often processed and shaped in the most spellbinding ways and lending a very distinctive sound. It is a thoughtful and beautifully crafted album worthy of careful listening and deep focus.
Belonging to the Infinity was mastered by Taylor Deupree and boasts cover art by photographer Mehran Naghshbandi. It will be available in a variety of digital formats and a limited edition CD that comes in a special “book format” digipak. Listen here to an exclusive premiere of the album streaming in full and then head over to the Soft Bandcamp site to order.