A dark claustrophobic soundscape emerged from the first tunes through the headphones (yes, this is headphone music). Vast structures of blackened cavities filled with sounds of unknown cosmic origins create a filmic science-fiction world. Mysterious sounds and voice-like effects convey tranquility with relieving fairy tale bliss. The ethno and jazzy modus operandi combined with neoclassical sound structures left us with a new interstellar and sensational feeling.
The trilogy began in November 2017 with Sanctus Equinox, which was then followed by Offworld OP1 Equs (http://www.merchantsofair.com/albums/rapoon-offworld-op1-equs). On Sol Laude the thoughts and visions of Robin Storey are transferred into musical experiments which sting the brain cells like soft needles, stimulating a mind melt with the music and moves the listener to strange off worlds. The impressions transferred by this recording are overwhelming. The most impressive part is A New Sun, a twenty minutes long track with echoing industrial drones and piano parts that conceive emotions of sadness and emptiness colored with subtle neoclassical melodies.
Rapoon is a living spaceship traveling like a comet into deep space and collecting fragments of precious and drifting remnants of the past and the future. This third part of the Mercury Rising Trilogy is a wonderful and stimulating trip filled with electronic soundscapes, classical arrangements and majestic choral bursts. Rapoon’s creations contain the afflatus of a genius. Sol Laude is an exceeding piece of exploring electronic music and makes the Mercury Rising triptych a unique and mind blowing work. We already know what we want for X-mas…