With a stylistic approach that understands ambient music as an exercise on patience, but mainly as an ecstatic sonorous moment, Vena, on Ex Machina, comprehends the progeny of its musical universe on flexible ambivalent virtues, standardized by the consolidation of sagacious harmonies, that are as good in the composition of its sonorous shapes, as they are on the execution of its literal technique. With a sound that flows naturally throughout the expressive ordeal of an infinite galaxy of monumental emptiness, Ex Machina captures the ecstatic parameters of a moment frozen in time, to dissect the frames upon which its molecules writes the agony that frivolously wanders lost at the confines of a universe splendidly unseen, uncategorized and unknown.
Although the genesis of their music is exceedingly simple, they are amazingly genuine to the basic ordeals of the genre, creatively inserting their own peculiar elements and devices into the development of a genuine and more authorial musical context. Despite the lack of extraordinarily amazing passages, Ex Machina manages to be a very good record, that not only relies on an authentic disposition that embraces the genre in a consistent, but flexible validity of intuition, but also works in a profoundly envisioned and wider musical rhetoric, that ostensibly dissipates a formidably concentrated sound, that reveals the strength of a mature and fully developed style, maybe easy to imitate, but certainly hard to genuinely conceive or create.
Ex Machina is a very well done album. Far away from being just another generic or simple dark ambient record, here you’ll feel intensely profound and dense elements, like soul, passion, energy and, mostly, the sinister and evasive discretion that a good work on this genre should have. You may at first not be impressed at all by Vena, but – if you really like dark ambient – as you listen to this record, wonderful tracks will unfold behind your ears, slowly revealing the sound of ethereal realities, completely unknown by the measurement of ordinary standards.