Label: Tympanik Audio
Genre: IDM, Ambient, Downtempo
Packaging: 4/101 Fold digipak. The only artwork is a 3D rendering of a syringe. It’s done really well, so if you like syringes you will be happy. That’s pretty much all there is to it though.
Composition: 7.5/10After a couple Tympanik releases I wasn’t too keen on, I’m glad to see them releasing some nice, atmospheric ambient IDM. ‘Epiphora’ blends lush sweeping pads with subtle rhythmic clicks and beeps and even throws in the occasional melody. It starts off slow with a dark, spacey ambient intro and then gets into some very sloooow IDM. It’s quite minimal, just beats and pads, but the pads are very beautiful and transport my consciousness to distant lands of mechanical dreams and the beats serve as a perfect companion, not too demanding but simply pushing the track along, guiding the listener. Anyway after the first couple songs the album picks up, speed-wise, and showcases some diversity. There are some more upbeat songs and more slow ones. Some tracks are a combination of both. They are all done well, and SE puts enough effort into developing his beats so that the tracks move and progress and keep my attention. I don’t feel like the same shit is being rehashed over and over within a song. The album sounds to me like a strange and dilapidated space-station floating dead and aimlessly through space. The pads and synth sounds are other-worldy (in an outerspace-y / dream-y sort of way) and all the sounds seem to have a gritty texture to them, lending to the imagery of something distant, illusory and decaying…also it lends to stuff sounding muddy.