Oöphoi, Hymns to a Silent Sky

Robert Phoenix

By Robert Phoenix

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

Hymns to a Silent Sky

Otherworldly dimensions of primordial expanse.

Oöphoi is Gianluigi Gasparetti, a veteran of the Italian ambient scene. Gasparetti uses analog synths along with singing bowls, chimes, flutes and other instruments that he processes to create a rich field of sound. Hymns to a Silent Sky can be placed alongside other notable ambient works by the likes of Rich, Roach and even Eno. He takes his time with each piece, especially on the deep spaces of "The Unbearable Sadness of Memories." It's a 21-minute odyssey of deeply meditative music, ghostly and haunted by the faint memory of existence. Oöphoi is like an open receiver, tuning into otherworldly dimensions of primordial expanse.