So yes, I have been looking forward to this follow-up and my god, it was worth waiting for. This surely is one of the most adventurous albums in the so-called ambient scene. It takes the sound of the debut further and deeper.
After the intro 'We Came Here From A Dying World', the album slowly takes off, like a spacecraft that does not need massive amounts of fuel to blast itself into the cosmos. 'Unclouded By Conscience' guides the listener along electronic ambient, wobbling basses and deep percussion. Suddenly, Scorn comes to mind. 'Hidden Inside' seems to follow on that path. Yet, it also breathes the dark atmosphere of dark ambient acts like Coph Nia. Strange.
Strange but immersive, but then, what would you expect from a narrative space ambient album about an alien invasion. On 'No More Enemies', the ambient references are completely gone. This tune delves into dark eighties electronica. Calva Y Nada comes to mind. We're far into the universe now and everything is different. On the other hand, I think even post rock fans will appreciate this stuff. This calls for another passage on Dunk! festival.
Scorn, Coph Nia, Calva Y Nada, those are not names you would expect in a review for IIVII but let's put it into perspective. In the past few years, and quite possibly partially thanks to Consouling Sounds, the world of drone, ambient and experimental music has been evolving into a universe of its own. Acts like Barst and Empusae have surprised everyone with their rhythmic and varied music. So does IIVII, a name that will have a huge impact on the future of atmospheric music.
I'd like to mention one last song, because I simply love it. 'Painless' effortlessly combines vintage seventies electronics with modern day dub electronics while covering the whole thing in a dark eighties atmosphere. If you can do something like that, you are a brilliant artist. So go ahead, pre-order the hell of out this thing.