Still Waters....Run Deep

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Still Waters....Run Deep is Ephemerid's follow-up to Icarus Wings, and contains some of the debut album's cuts, such as "Megalith," "Mooneyed," and "Foghanger." For additional selections, this U.K. artist has added "Apocrypha," which offers a kaleidoscopic mixture of synthesized sounds, and it keeps a variety going so the rhythm avoids the ambient music hazard of sounding too repetitious. "Evening" has voice samples that are like hearing someone call out across the bazaar in another country, intermeshed with the instrumentation. "Lyonesse" is a particularly enjoyable track from the newer material, woven through with flutes and gentle percussion, and evoking exotic vistas with the feeling it inspires. In all, this is a pleasing mixture of Ephemerid's work, continuing the artist's mellow, relaxing style, and will be a plus for both casual listeners and fans.