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Tangram: Repository [002] – by Chris Romans, Hear the Indie TangramTangram: Repository [002] - by Chris Romans, Hear the Indie

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Tangram – Repository [002] [album review]

November 12, 2013

 

COSMIC AMBIENT MUSIC FOR A RAINY DAY. OH, AND “WINTER IS COMING.”

 

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Tangram is the solo project of artist Péter Fabók  who dabbles in an array of electronic, chill out styles of song. The music is almost entirely ambient, but not in a boring, sleep inducing way. Rather, it features some tight, almost orchestral, compositions with captivating synthetic tones and melodies. I was lured to explore this album as a direct result of seeing the beautiful and strangely off-white color of the album art, apparently depicting some cosmic entity drifting boundless in the universe, but I stayed for the refreshing take on the electronic ambient genre. Repository [002] is an exemplary album from this artist, and worth taking a look at if your into the sounds of space and ambiance.

Production/Composition

Tangram is a young and independent artist, yet the sound of Repository [002]  is superb. Each bass tone is easy to distinguish amidst the warm pads and lead polyphonic synths. It’s downright captivating to listen to. The sense of space between the timbres is also of value to my ear, as it really showcases the sense of being adrift searching for new galaxies. There is space between worlds. And in this music, there is space between each tone. The bass is in its own playing field, and the higher frequency tones reside in their own. There are no moments where they really merge, and why should they? This is a great, crisp, and surprisingly dynamic set of compositions that works well. And speaking of compositions, these are solid, if a little too down tempo at times. “Atlantis” takes us to a distant yet Egyptian sounding environment. Sort of like we stepped through the Stargate and have arrived in an alternative dimension of our own world. “Giragossian” divulges into a more repetitive, but folk influenced piece showcasing some acoustic guitar paired with these heavily artificial tones. The final track entitled “Günther is Coming” is a standout on the album as it is, in essence, a synthetic and space influenced cover of the Game of Thrones theme song. You see, “Winter is Coming.”

Instrumentation/Vocals

There are no vocals on this album. Let me be clear: this is an ambient album through and through. If you need music to have lyrics and a vocal charm, then this is not for you. But, if you enjoy the interesting textures composers with a sense of cosmic space can create, like Tangram, you may just like what you have to hear. I would not argue that this album is perfect, though. Some tracks are a bit too repetitive for their own good, like the track “Umbilical.” Still, each synthetic tone featured on this album is excellent. While many synth leads can sound cold and artificial, this artist has gone to great lengths to add a layer of warmth to these tracks. This is not a dark ambient album by Burzum, but rather a fairly upbeat piece of music inspired by space; but not confined to it. The lead tones contained on “Gunther is Coming” are superb. “0CACF1” is the first track of the album, and showcases some excellent melodic skills that bring to mind the Mass Effect(video game) sound track.

Overall Impression

Tangram’s Repository [002] is a warm exploration of space. It feels good to listen to, even if at moments it is a bit too repetitive for it’s own good. There are some standout tracks, while others fade into the background; which is seemingly fine considering the music is meant for generalized ambient listening. All tracks, despite some minor flaws, are through and through relaxing. Game of Thrones fans will likely piss their pants when they hear the infamous theme song played in such a unique manner, and fans of outer space and instrumental song will have something to enjoy as well. In the least, check it out and be the judge yourself.