Electronic producer Niabi Aquena's identity and self titled debut disc dramatically displays her talents as mainstream electronic chanteuse and dark ambient soundscape painter. She is very good at both and combines everything together in a risky move that pays off in spades. Maybe it could have come off a little better if the album was split into a "vocal side / instrumental side" a la David Sylvian's "Gone to Earth" but that is nit picking on this gorgeous sonic tapestry. I believe it is akin to the little known 1990 album "Blue Solitaire"by the band The Telliing or Bel Canto's 1992 masterpiece "Shimmering, Warm & Bright". Her use of texture for the ambient instrumentals like 'Liberosis' and 'Nodus Tollens' are every bit as evocative as Lustmord or Inade (and if you don't know who they are, do yourself a favor and look them up). Vocal pieces such as 'Undo' and 'Sea' are the marriage of Trent Reznor and Maire Brennan. Stunningly beautiful with the right amount of glitch. A good start for Searmanas and I can't wait to hear what the future brings.
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Michael Mitchell's love of music started at an early age and slowly became an addiction that courses through his veins to this very day. It is guaranteed that if you are in his proximity that he will try to get you to travel to the nearest record store and make you buy beyond your means. His wife and two children acknowledge his problem and continue to encourage him into rehab.
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