The fifth release from The Red Planet Orchestra once again featuring the stunning artwork of Nicolas Crombez.A collaboration made in heaven.
"Against all expectations the RPO have once again raised the bar in the field of ambient music to produce what may turn out to be their ultimate achievement, an amazing combination of contemporary electronicia and modern classical"
(Path of Action press release.)
Once again the genius of Vince Rees and Pete Smith show that the Red Planet Orchestra are a force to be reckoned with.
Red Planet Orchestra is the UK based duo of Vincent Rees and Peter Smith and The Angry Silence is their fifth album. The set consists of 6 tracks and just over 100 minutes of orchestral Space-Ambient music.
The atmosphere is sombre, yet peacefully meditative, as the themes are gradually and continuously constructed. Some of the music is more orchestral focused, conjuring up scenes of a celestial symphony hall performance. The ambient waves wash over the listener like cosmic string and rumbling percussion sections, being lush and passionate while at the same time being too quietly subtle to be described as fully symphonic.
Other parts are pure space exploration, washing the listener along on sleek waves of flowing, blowing, howling and droning soundscapes. The nearly 30 minute title track is a standout in this regard and is also among the more intense and energetic music of the set. But much of the album is like a classical composition for space orchestra, and Red Planet Orchestra excel at beautifully understated melodies and music that is deeply emotional while maintaining a sense of deep space ebb and flow.
The cinematic quality of the music is undeniable, and indeed Rees and Smith have contributed music to films, mostly recently to Alex Fodor’s Dead and Awake.
Overall an enjoyable, image inducing, and often challenging listen.
released December 6, 2014
Album cover by Nicolas Crombez (www.cromn.org
Album Produced and mastered at Life Force studios in partnership with Path Of Action Productions