Lea Cummings-Revelations From The New Silence Vol. II

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 Lea endlessly and hypnotically repeats elegantly simple ideas, but those ideas are bolstered by many tracks of subtle hissing, pulsing, shimmering, and oscillating frequencies.  It’s a pretty great trick and Cummings executes it brilliantly and with a surprising amount of variety.  I especially loved the ghostly (and Blade Runner-inspired?) “Tanhauser’s Gate,” but the whole album is extremely strong.

The only aberration is the closing piece, “The Final Knowledge,” which is a rather harsh and disquieting variation on the template established by the other four songs.  It’s kind of brutal way to end such a mesmerizing album, but I suspect Cummings had thematic reasons for including it: the whole album feels like it could be a metaphor for a search for meaning and enlightenment, but “The Final Knowledge” seems to indicate that there isn’t any to be had  

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