Besides his various group and collaborative efforts, Mike Fazio has pursued irregular solo ventures under the Orchestramaxfieldparrish name, an interesting choice of nom de plume but one with an admittedly evocative edge given the reputation of that painter and graphic designer. The Silent Breath of Emptiness surfaced after a six-year-gap from the previous effort, showing that Fazio's ear for atmospheric textures via electric guitar remains strong; if there are now any number of releases exploring this form worldwide, Fazio's approach remains one of the better ones. The core of the album consists of four untitled pieces recorded on a single day, ranging from artful reflectiveness to a sculpted, understatedly angry grind, the latter most prevalent on the third track. The fifth song recaps and reworks all the other pieces into a "Reconstruction" as titled, a sort of summary of the entire album that becomes its own distinct piece. Functioning both as meditative background and direct sonic captivation, The Silent Breath of Emptiness is a gentle treat.
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AllMusic Review by Ned Raggett