The Lonely Bell Submerges To Abysmal Depths On ‘Kingdoms Of The Deep’

When it comes to Dark Ambient music – or Ambient music in general – it’s important to be able to connect to a theme or have an interpretation on the visuals. With a genre of music that is typically minimalistic, having an ulterior association is an important aesthetic. Although Dark Ambient mostly associates with Space, post apocalyptic or dystopian themes, it’s such an awesome experience when an artist takes a deep dive (no pun intended) into oceanic matters. That’s exactly what we get to experience on the latest album by The Lonely Bell. ‘Kingdoms Of The Deep’ is a submersible endeavor that chronicles life in the vast blue wonder. Featuring seven aquatic tales that blends diverse styles of music, listeners are able to easily engage these deep sea tales that are ultimate rooted in Drone Ambient music.

Album opener, “Under The Storm”, is a beautiful composition as it begins with the slightly chaotic sounds of a distant storm and then a tranquil transition below the surface as the storm fills are replaced with underwater tides and delicate synth notes. This is the perfect preparation for the rest of the album as it sets a certain sense of ease and relaxation. “Somewhere In The Baltic” commences with a deep drone and is soon met with warm tones and reverberated melodies. The balance of natural sounds and serene instrumentation is trance inducing and will peacefully transport the listener to dreams of vivid dark colors and pastoral territories. “Marine Life” consists of layers of opulent guitar strums and airy harmonies that produce the most easygoing sound that truly represents a peaceful aquatic life. Although this is one of the shorter tracks on the album, it connects to the soul with larger-than-life musicality. “Kingdom Of The Deep” vastly represents the album as a whole with its grandiose drones that depict the vast voids of subsurface space. The occasional sub harmonic wave create a low grumble that commands the listeners’ reverence for just how large and seemingly endless Earths oceans are. The physical attributes below the surface may represent the kingdom, but it’s the ocean itself that is king. “The Dancing Seagrass” is another terse offering that gives prominence to light-hearted melodies and warm drones. This quaint little piece illuminates the mood and offers a serendipitous take on a life of depth and darkness. At nine minutes and fifty two seconds, “Drowned Civilizations” is the longest anthem on the album and in my opinion is the crowning achievement amongst these compositions. Without rushing, a steady dose of warm drones and congenial keys comes into full spectrum while creating a balance of beauty and hypnotic intonations. As the song finally starts to fade, it is an awesome interpretation of the incessant realms of bleak fluidity. The closing track is the epic, “The Final Light”. Illusory drones and lethargically howling winds provide a backdrop for effervescently flowing guitar melodies that symbolizes an aggrandized submersion into darker territories that seemingly drift further from natural light. As haunting as it is melancholic, this is the ultimate way to close this wondrous tale. For the final minute, we’re left with a single drone that captures the pure essence of isolation.

The Lonely Bell is an unparalleled artist that isn’t afraid to venture into other sonic domains to expand the gift of drone music. Creating a subsurface adventure through audial sequences, our ears are afforded the opportunity to navigate uncharted territories as we glide through the depths of vast waters, armed with our imagination. To create an endeavor like this demands a huge creative sense and a passion for audial storytelling. Let ‘Kingdoms Of The Deep’ become your guide through liquid darkness and enjoy the journey along the way. I highly recommend this album for fans of cinematic drone music and pastoral escapades of the deep. Click the link below to download this superb offering.

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Links:

https://thelonelybell.bandcamp.com/album/kingdoms-of-the-deep

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