With a sonorous layout that perpetuates dreaming devices, Phosphenia is a soft album, one that can make the listener travel directly into the unconscious principles of his own mind. Deeply inserted into a sonorous cosmogony of gray numbness, the softness of the songs evokes a different universe of lethargic cataclysm, that rapidly shifts between soul sensibilities, radiating, retaliating and punctuating the beauty of an indestructible agony, into an easier and kinder prospect, that elevates thoughts into another perimeter of existence, and at the same time, conglomerates the beauty of sound into another level of composition.
A definitely more calm, serene and peaceful work, where the philosophy and the harmony of the senses strike together their mutual love of understanding, Phosphenia is an ode to the basic principles of belief. With a soundscape that correlates the painful antagonisms of the mind, this album does bring to the forefront of the genre some new and interesting elements, being quite unique in the development of a very personal style.
Although I haven’t found the album to be a masterpiece – being a little tedious at times – it certainly has its own identity. A more horizontal, abruptly cadenced sound, and a somewhat slow energetic calmness below a surface of solitude, Phosphenia, by Code I, is a very different post rock album, with a very peculiar onset of characteristics. With prominent traditional rock’n’roll influences, the sound of Code I definitely surpasses the ordinary standards of the genre, specially taking into consideration that these influences are perfectly absorbed into a post rock context.
While I can’t consider Phosphenia a masterpiece, definitely this album has a great value. With intriguing elements that definitely places it in a very peculiar and unique category, this album is a must hear for each and every post rock enthusiast out there. Listen without fear. Be certain it will grab your attention!