Ephemerid

Icarus Wings

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It's curious that Ephemerid has taken this name, which refers to an insect that only lives a day as an adult -- perhaps this is a commentary on the fleeting fame of popular songs? Then for contrast, an ammonite is chosen for the imagery on the Icarus Wings album cover, as well as the artist's website, and fossil ammonites have been around for millions of years. Interesting touch of contrast, there. Ephemerid has a light, pleasant, sometimes ethereal, sometimes eerie sound, as on "Megalith" -- makes the listener think of a standing stone misted with rain. "Damselfly" (a type of ephemerid insect as well as a song title, here) shimmers, sounding very evocative of gossamer wings. This is good music to play while working, as when typing through a writing assignment. It has a supportive feel to it -- the rhythms have a soothing quality, yet are energizing enough to give a boost rather than a nudge into sleep. Put it on, relax, and the long haul will pass more agreeably with Icarus Wings playing to keep you company. Nice debut album -- casual listeners will find it easy on the ears, and mellow, and fans of ambient music can make it an agreeable addition to their collections.