Symphonically structured soundscapery searching spatial states is the otherworldly mission of Shining Pyramid, a/k/a British duo Nick Adams (guitars) and Peter Jeal (synthesizers) on this self-titled debut. The all-instrumental work of six tracks is said to be “loosely based” on gothic horror tale “The Shining Pyramid” written by turn-of-the-(20th) century Welsh author Arthur Machen. “Loosely” of course, as there are no lyrical reference points here beyond song titles. Although, the music alone conjures suitably mysterious, occasionally foreboding atmospherics.
Inspired by their affection for '70s progressive music, Adams and Jeal appear to draw chiefly from the cosmically sonorous electronic-symphonic motifs of early Teutonic masters Tangerine Dream, etc. in crafting pieces that move both melodically and impressionistically. Jeal's bouncily rhythmic sequencing is a delightful mainstay beneath synth leads shared with Adams' yearning, (intermittently) texturally coarse guitar.
Particularly noteworthy: heaven-bound melody “Grey Bridge,” the dramatically ominous vibe of “The Myriads Beneath” and three-part, 22-minute closing suite “Annie Trevor/Under the Wild Hills/Pyramid of Fire,” which moves cinematically through contrasting passages toward an aggressively rocking five-minute conclusion.
Striking cover art by Jonathan Adams enhances Shining Pyramid's adventurously escapist undertaking.
We'll watch for voyage No. 2.
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