And here that's no different. In three tracks, Baker further explores and perfects his trade. Opening with the massively immersive 'Consciousness Bridge', this album is exactly what you can expect from the drone-master. Yet, pretty much like the latest Nadja album, 'Sv' (read review), I do sense a darker sound. There's a gloomy overtone, one that I like a lot. It appears in the distant drums and in the deep drones.
In fact, this whole album seems to nudge more towards the well-known Nadja style than any other of Baker's solo work. I don't mind, not at all. Halfway through 'Dualism (Body)', I'm already floating along with the soundscapes, completely neglecting the fact that I'm writing a review about it. This is a brilliant track, dreamy, mysterious and elegant. Yes, elegant. I don't think I'd ever call a song "elegant" but there you go.
Oh, wait, bird sounds. I love bird sounds. This thing is getting better and better.
'Dualism (Mind)' closes this album perfectly. Gradually, I'm discovering more and more elements in this album. There seem to be some dark jazz influences. This last track reminds me a lot of the Twin Peaks theme 'Falling' by Angelo Badalamenti, played by Slowdive. The atmosphere is gloomy and enigmatic, as if Baker is applying for a David Lynch soundtrack job. If I were Lynch, I'd look no further.
So this went from a typical Aidan Baker release to a inspiring masterpiece, all over the course of fifty minutes. I know I said it before, but this is one of the best releases I've heard from Baker. I never knew it was possible to make this genre even better than it already is but here you go, an album which turns drones into songs...