Paul Vnuk Jr. is one half of Ma Ja Le. (His good friend and "brother," Chris Short, is the other half.) Vnuk has recorded some very cool vibes with Short. However, his best work -- by far -- is Silence Speaks in Shadow, a solo release. Vnuk recorded this over a one-year period in his studio in Cudahy, WI. Two thunderstorms, one year apart, provide the background ambience. Other environmental sounds enhance the listening experience as well. There are train tracks near Vnuk's studio. It is also near a major thoroughfare, as the sounds of emergency vehicle sirens and traffic in general would indicate. Vnuk's atmospheres are huge and expansive; they surround the natural sounds and carry the soundscape. This is deep stuff. It is hypnotic and psychoactive. Deep listening reveals all the nuances and subtleties of Vnuk's sound design. This is a disc to be experienced, and headphones, darkness, and incense enhance the journey. This disc is an instant classic, and will appeal to fans of James Johnson, Zero Ohms, Brannan Lane, and Jeff Greinke. It is essential music.
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