THE TRILOGY reviewed

“Polish label Zoharum use a vast amount of their catalogue to re-issue old works next to releasing brand new music, which I think is a good thing. I won’t go into the argument that it would be better to just release new music all the time, as especially in the case of Vidna Obmana’s trilogy, works are concerned that I haven’t heard in a long time. So perhaps it is not that odd to start there. I knew (and met) Vidna Obmana’s Dirk Serries ever since his earliest days when he was one of the boys doing noise. For me it came as quite a shock when he turned all-ambient at the turn of the 80s. It was a slow process, which first manifested itself very defined on ‘Gathering In Frozen Beauty’. At least
that’s what I remember, but quickly lead to ‘Revealed By Composed Nature’ and then the three individual releases, which are now part of this box, being ‘Passage In Beauty’ (1991), Shadowing In Sorrow’ (1992) and ‘Ending Mirage’ (1993). These three albums belong very much together as one thing, sonically and musically and have been re-issued as a triple box by Relic in the mid-90s. Now Zoharum does it again and it brings back some of the delights I heard so long ago, while working in a record store. Maybe I reviewed some of these in the fanzine that is the predecessor of Vital Weekly,
but was too lazy to find evidence of that. Just over three hours of ambient music, the perfect soundtrack to a somewhat chilly spring day, especially for an early morning soundtrack, when there are very few cars around and the birds sing. Some of that chilly weather is reflected in the eerie, long sustaining tones of Vidna Obmana. On the first two albums they sound like stretched out and slowed arpeggio tones on digital synths that the noise boys couldn’t afford, but in a somewhat mid-range frequency range. On ‘Ending Mirage’ there is a bit more room for the low end of the sound. The very deep end
seems not yet to be part of it, and it’s the perfect soundtrack for an ambient household. This is music that should be played at a medium to low(-er) volume and given the opportunity to gentle fill your space; not loud, not soft, not immersive but present. Of the three works ‘Ending Mirage’ is the most matured one of this early ambient phase, allowing what seems to be field recordings and long fade-ins and fade-outs, making the pace slower and ever more spacier in approach. This is a most welcome re-issue.” Vital Weekly – The Netherlands

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