Shane Morris & Mystified – Emergence
Spotted Peccary – 2013
Shane Morris & Mystified (Thomas Park) return with their second installment to their primordial three-part “Inspired Evolution” project. The two musicians construct a soundscape that signifies what the beginning of time felt like, in the track “From The Primordial Night.” Ten and a-half minutes of shifting electronics, percussive sounds of wooden sticks and shakers spark the representation of where all things begin.
In the second track, you can literally feel “A Struggling New Form of Life.” It encompasses not only the development of mammals, but the formation of the planet Earth. Subdued drones rise and fall almost like lungs of the Earth breathing life into its existence. This piece has a consistent forward and backward movement, like an ocean wave hitting against the shore. It’s easy to imagine the result of this endless cycle and how it shapes and forms the area where land meets the sea.
The little smacking sounds in “Weathering Storm And Tide”, deliver energy into the cue. Deeper instrumentation hangs over this music like big, dark thunderous clouds that carry lightning and rain. The wooden slaps could be taken as raindrops hitting the ground from above.
I really like the large gloomy sound of “To The Icy Peaks.” For a few choice moments it reminds me of almost a John Carpenter film score. Low synthesized keyboard lines gyrate under acoustic winds that are higher on the sound registry. The droning alterations give this composition considerable weight. It acts as a base that supports all the other instrumental embellishment. This is my favorite track on the album.
The last track, “Feet On The Ancient Forest Floor” is more active with a bunch of sounds that could be taken as people or animals walking about. The feel of this cue is kind of dramatic, totally serious with all sorts of elements working together to communicate this part of the story.
I’m looking forward to hearing how Morris and Parker wrap up their audio tapestry.