But let's not go into a rant about our society here, that's not what Merchants Of Air is about. This is about music, about those wonderful adventures and boy, do I have an adventure for you. A guitars player, composer and producer named Juhari Silvola has recorded an immersive album, with a little help from his brother (Timo - drums) and his wife (Sarah-Jane Summers - fiddle, viola).
The album opens with a blues tune, named 'The Gods That Built This Place Were Mad', continues with an experimental downtempo ambient track, named 'Vents Of The Underworld' and doesn't seem to be varied enough right there. 'Strange Flowers Bloomed' sounds like Explosions In The Sky and Mike Oldfield working together and on 'The Last Modernist' Ennio Morricone jams with Aidan Baker's Caudal.
By now, I'm convinced that this is not just a mere collection of instrumentals. This is an open-minded exploration of the instruments Silvola masters. From ambient over shoegaze to space rock and even to a bit of experimental noise in 'Black Breath, Black Blood', Juhari Silvola explores it all, without uttering a single word.
Or how about the gloomy folk song, 'Nyctophonia'?, the beautiful, almost hypnotic 'The First Beast' or the brilliant closer 'All That Is Solid Melts Into Air' where I'm reminded of people like Klaus Schulze or Tangerine Dream. It's all here, pressed in eight great pieces of music, which of course come highly recommended. So check it out, it's definitely worth your attention.