Like I’ve written above, if you are familiarized with the sound and the style of Shipwreck Karpathos, you will probably love this album. It’s deeply authorial and artistic, despite the fact that on The Simulacra Transmission there is nothing new for enthusiasts of drone music. But this skilled group from Portland, Oregon, definitely does a decent work, exploring exceedingly well different musical layers of creativity, on a platform of sensible delight, that intelligently takes soundscape minimalism to a more profound level of musical elasticity.
Of course, it requires some patience to go through one hour of music like this, that stays basically the same the entire time. Despite the good quality – and the essential characteristics that makes the music of the group to be poignantly peculiar –, the album is very homogeneous, and do not present any stylistic or effective challenge to the genre per se.
Nevertheless, The Simulacra Transmission is a very perceptive, intuitive and cohesive album, and definitely a favorable exemplar of how a marvelous drone ambient soundscape elegy should be executed. The album can also be interpreted as one long symphony, split into four, as each song – more or less – can be considered the continuation of the previous track. So, despite the lack of audacity or innovation, The Simulacra Transmission manages to be a very consistent and dense record. Definitely, a satisfactory and coherent work, that will please the enthusiasts of drone music.