Album:  	Lost in the Swamp
Artist:  	Gert Emmens & Ruud Heij
Year:  	        2012
Genre / Style:  Electronic / New Age / Berlin-School

Compared to their previous albums, the music on the concept-album ôLost in the Swampö takes on a much spherical, lyrical and introspective approach, although the strong vintage feel is still found at the centre of the duos music.

The almost 80-minute sonic narrative is about an adventurous man whoÆs constantly searching for few challenges. After he gets lost in a swamp, he learns to survive and adapt to his environment, which also triggers a process of intrinsic change that becomes full circle in the end.

Sonically, the six tracks on ôLost in the Swampö feature far less sequencers and melodic lines than usual, leaving room for lots of cinematic, slightly ghostly but overtly emotive ambient soundscaping. The latter is e.g. excellently displayed on ôSwallowed by Immensityö and on parts of ôLearning to Surviveö, the longest piece on the album clocking over 27 minutes.

On ôLife in the Swampö, one can hear the usual suspects as known from previous Emmens/Heij albums, but executed in a more hold-back and lush style, while a strong sense of immersion and peace reigns the excellent atmospheric ôSerenity of Natureö. The short ôThe Way Outö, found at the end of album, leaves a beautiful yet sparkling sense of release.

All in all, I very much like this side step and more versatile aural current surfacing on ôLost in the Swampö. I can only hope the duo will continue, deepen and extend their sonic quest on future releases. For now, this mission is well accomplished. ;

Number of Tracks: 6
Total Duration:   1:19:47
Total Size:       466 MBs (including scans, m3u, spectrums, and txt)
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01) Lost
02) Swallowed By Immensity
03) Learning To Survive
04) Life In The Swamp
05) Serenity Of Nature
06) The Way Out
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