Subaqueous released “Tides of Twilight” on November 11, 2014 on Merkaba Music, and it’s a full-length album consisting of ten fractaled tracks of auditory truth felt beyond time and space and two bonus tracks which are only available when ordered. These downtempo sonic journeys tell intentions of ancient tales and reveal the depth of Isaac Cotec’s entity, an escape into inner guidance through tides of twilight. Hailing from the West Coast, more specifically Seattle, WA, Isaac has been creating Electronic Music since 2005, and revealed his solo project, Subaqueous, in 2011. Years of experience and practice has led him to the now experience Tides of Twilight, which also features collaborations of vocalists, guitarist, pianist saxophone players, composers, and more. Let these downtempo compositions of deep electronic bass and glitch frequencies transcend you as they’re meant to reveal profound insight through the use of melodic techniques and musical theory.
“Tides of Twilight” consists of 10 ancient sonic journeys and two bonus tracks of forth-moving explorations. “Insistent Shades” (feat. Kalpataru Tree), “Depth of Field,” “Tides of Twilight (feat. George Sadak and GUDA),” “Dusk’s Dawning (feat.D’answer),” “Ethereal Being,” “Dissolve – Void mix (feat. D’answer),” “Phase Shift (feat. DRRTYWULVZ),” “Voyage,” “Glimmers,” and “Stillness Dawns (feat. Desi)”. “Two bonus tracks consist of “Ethereal Being (feat. Kelly Castel Scott and Soham)” and “Gimmers (Moon Frog Remix).” “Insistent Shades” (feat. Kalpataru Tree) is a collaboration of downtempo feels, psy-dub frequencies, and organic elements of all sorts bringing forth a mysterious vibe. Repetitive sound structure and melodic Eastern composition makes for a technicolor twirl of imagination, an extension of depth through Kristen Willow’s vocals. “Depth of Field” is an enchanting story of rhythmic flows of pure energy which reveal the importance of depth and meaning through varying elements of drum beat pattern, synthesizers, and deep bass lines. “Tides of Twilight” (feat. George Sadak and GUDA) is a mesmerizing auditory Egyptian meditation made possible through ever-changing tides of twilight, an alignment of the universe. George Sadak incorporates intricate and rhythmic Middle Eastern drum beat pattern on the instrument of the Egyptian Tabla which syncs up with production on Isaac’s end, and dexterous and soulful saxophone playing by GUDA affirms a harmonious creation.
“Dusk’s Dawning” (feat. D’answer) reveals a darker side of the twilight as it brings forth the beginning of a new journey. D’answers sporadic guitar playing ignites more depth of sound and theory, a lustrous vibration. “Ethereal Being” is Subaqueous’s definition of a breakthrough of a being made possible through discoveries within the self, and therefore pushing in creating your own reality – a true awakening exposed through deep bass, repetitive drum pattern, and melodious strikes. “Dissolve – Void Mix” (feat. D’answer) is a twirl of the mystical forces through bass nature, an eerie and lively downtempo escape featuring D’answers electrifying guitar playing – world vibes. “Phase Shift” (feat. DRRTYWULVZ) is an otherworldly and luminous in-depth escape into another universe, only made possible through mind shift. This co-production and arrangement of elements gives off a supernatural vibe of snare strikes and trickling of deep bass lines; A phase of emergence through wurbbles and squishy effects. “Voyage” brings forth a transcendent journey than the latter. Twilight soundscapes expose a clearing, a foundation of truth revealed through gong bells of ancient callings.
“Glimmers” (feat. Michael Maricle) is a nourishing downtempo production and classical piano composition by Michael Maricle reveals pineal gland activations. A soothing and refreshing track that illuminates joy. “Stillness Dawns” feat. Desi slowly captivates the mind, amplifies knowledge, and nurtures the heart chakra through initial meditative Buddhist gong crescendos. Isaac’s well-thought and rhythmic production style tunes up with Desi’s mesmerizing freestyle lyrical messages made possible through her angelic drones which bring forth limitless emotions and feels, a dream-state frequency reminding us to love and be here now: ”Then a warm embrace, Encloses (enclose me), And that light can breathe, And I’m swimming, Into the wetland sea-see, I can really see, see…“ “Ethereal Being” (Feat. Kelly Castel Scott and Soham), one of the two bonus tracks, is about creating your own reality. This sonic exploration is an edit of the original which consists of deep bass rhythms which flows smoothly with Kelly and Soham’s vocals creating luminous lyrical creations of higher vibration truths. “Glimmers” (Moonfrog Remix) is melodic bass of fresh feels and invigorating and pulsating live Panart Hang sound healing – an innovative touch.
Subaqueous’s new album, Tides of Twilight, is a touch of enlightenment, it’s a deeply moving and complex journey of varying realms. It’s a crystalline formation of sound created naturally through the entity of his ethereal being. This album is his 4th full-length hypnotic release, which is also apart of a larger epic. Isaac Cotec has worked with Epoch Legends to bring forth story, images, video, and multi media, and has associated images created by Ryan Johnson and Dave Peixoto. Tides of Twilight also fuses a story written by Elise Barrett… discover an understanding of life beyond human existence.
Get the album here: http://merkabamusic1.bandcamp.com/album/tides-of-twilight
*Review by Sofia Raisanen for Keyframe-Entertainment