Taking cues from both contemporary classical's almost pop-like melodic sensibilities with droning far-eastern Indian classical music (both Carnatic and Hindustani for all you music nerds) and sense of space (and maybe a hint of Aaron's droning, metallic past), Faith truly has created something special and memorable with this album. Equal parts George Crumb, Pandit Pran Nath, Enkh Jargal, Clint Mansell, Brian Eno, and something that resides solely within Faith herself, Mamiffer's lush, organic presence is unparalleled in the current music scene. Lasting an hour stretched over 5 tracks ranging from five-and-a-half minutes long to the epic 20-minute "We Speak In The Dark," Mare Decendrii ebbs and flows through sections of modern classical music, periods of overtone singing and far-eastern-meets-Finnish chant, and what some people might call "post-rock," with an undeniable sense of ease and compositional mastery on behalf of Ms. Coloccia (and the Mare Decendrii crew). Mare Decendrii is a labor of love; a deep insight into Faith Coloccia's philosophies on life, music, existence, and the nature of the world itself.
This entire album is an ethereal, otherworldly journey through distant lands, physical, Earthly or not. By far one of, if not the most impressive release I've heard in the past few years.
Tension and release; like breathing.