Terrace of Memories

Sam Rosenthal / Vidna Obmana

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Terrace of Memories Review

by Jim Brenholts

Terrace of Memories is a very soft and gentle set of melancholy minimalism from Vidna Obmana, formerly known as Dirk Serries, and Sam Rosenthal, owner and founder of Projekt Records. The liner notes tip listeners that the soundscape is going to be about a lost or unrequited love. The music is appropriately somber without becoming dark or maudlin. Obmana and Rosenthal are not only lamenting the loss, but they are celebrating the love itself. Deep listeners will feel the pain of losing love while enjoying the experience of having love. Is it better to love or to be loved? That question might never be answered. Rosenthal and Serries are not looking for closure here either. But they readily admit that having the experience -- be it lost or unrequited -- was priceless. This CD will appeal to fans of Robert Rich, Alio Die, Mike Griffin, and Dave Tollefson. It is essential for all fans of electronic minimalism. Casual fans might find it interesting.

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