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Sorni Nai

Russia Country of Origin: Russia

Sorni Nai
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Type: Full-Length
Release Date: October 20th, 2015
Genre: Ambient, Doom
1. Akva
2. Kit
3. Khurum
4. Nila
5. At
6. Khot
7. Sat

Review by Adam M on March 15, 2016.

This album has a morose feeling that is reminiscent of Solstafir’s recent material. The use of ambient soundscapes is prominent throughout this release. There is a great deal of emotion present, but it takes a couple of listens to extract this element from the music.

Right from the first track an appropriate emotional buildup is created and capitalized upon. The subtlety of the music takes time to digest, but is overtly present within these rhythms. The songs generally have a slow pace that makes it more atmospheric and gripping. There are several instances where a moment stands out in a manner similar to Solstafir’s music again. The songs are often beautiful and full of nuance. Still, it takes time for this music to exert its presence. This was not an album that immediately grabbed my attention, but one I had to return to for discovering the intricacies. The Solstafir material was more immediately impressive than Kauan’s output. There are also some harsh moments here that are not quite as appealing as the gentler, more subtle ones. This leads to a slight imbalance with the material. Still, the portions that stick out to the listener are prominently on display throughout this release and are held in high regard by this listener. There also isn’t a particularly high degree of demand for this type of music, so the small amount of time we get with it is highly valuable. While it could be considered post music, there are certainly enough traces of folk to lump it in with that genre. When you take the mellow track, At, for example, one can see the greater degree of ambient post music involved over folk.

When taken as a whole, Sorni Nai is an excellent release of subtle atmospheric tracks. It is something that should be lapped up by anyone even remotely approaching interest to any similar styles of music.

Rating: 8 out of 10