Tags: Drone/Shoegaze/Arctic Ambient
FFO: Belong, Brian Eno, Senecan Sea, The Caretaker
Releases: 2 December 2016
Formats: CD, cassette, download
Personnel: Paul Lopez
Label: Blackjack Illuminist Records
Label contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
‘Prince Of The Air‘ is not Aladdin riding his magic carpet, it’s rather a ghost frozen in time, stuck in the air, watching the world below him slowly change into something he wished wouldn’t become true. It is a sentimental record in which memories seem to swirl through hallways and become the listener’s own. Also, the prince of the power of the air is said to be the Devil.
Sana Obruent is the drone/ambient project from Paul Lopez who lives “somewhere in California”. His music is recorded live, at night and in total isolation – which is something you can hear. Once started with ‘Semper Et Valete‘ the record fills the room with the kind of melancholic darkness that – for 70 minutes – turns your life into a state of wake/sleep. “Prince of the Air” paralyzes your body and transcends your mind, yet it’s not per se a record for the exhausted who might fall asleep any second and miss the best part, it’s an album for the open-eyed staring at the creaking ceiling which – you realize it much too late! – is sucked in by a slow motion black hole. Once the whole roof is gone you can hear the distant arctic sounds much better.
You may listen, you may even witness something slightly disturbing, but you are unable to move. Enjoy the freeze.