Atlantis – Mistress of Ghosts

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Posted on 29th Mar 11 by | comments 0

Lately, the Nottingham based label, Field Records have been putting out and championing some quality releases from bands like Maybeshewill and most recently, the now much loved debut album from Alright The Captain. Now, introducing Atlantis. Beginning as a solo project of Gilson Heitinga and releasing the 2007 debut Carpe Omnium, a full live band […]

Lately, the Nottingham based label, Field Records have been putting out and championing some quality releases from bands like Maybeshewill and most recently, the now much loved debut album from Alright The Captain.

Now, introducing Atlantis. Beginning as a solo project of Gilson Heitinga and releasing the 2007 debut Carpe Omnium, a full live band was eventually formed and Atlantis morphed into something new.

Mistress of Ghosts, the follow up effort, is a riveting listen, it has to be said. There’s a rich texture to nine these compositions that feature orchestrations and hypnotic synths that weave in and out of intense riffs. There a darker cerebral shades to Atlantis but for the more part this album exudes a lush yet no less invigorating beauty.

The album opens with the foreboding electronics of White Russians and seeps into the enigmatic guitars of Mata Hari’s Kiss. It once again swoops in and out of lush keyboards and more and more spacious guitars. This staggering air is one that’s repeated throughout the album.

A track like Inhale The Sun opens with vigorous beats and scales methodically and cunningly to a breathtaking and eerie crescendo. Meanwhile the six minute sprawl of Mascara unwinds with elegant strings and keyboards.

Conversely, the album is peppered with trenched, downcast passages like Sweet Venom and the opening refrains of To Catch A Voyeur. The latter erupts after four and a half minutes of soothing meandering and soars to some neck craning peaks.

Mistress of Ghosts is a potent album and is rich layered, there’s a film score quality to these nine soundscapes that draws the listener in. Perhaps Atlantis won’t be to everyone’s taste but there’s dynamic here that is worth exploring as undoubtedly you’ll find something that reels you in completely.

Drop-d Rating: 7/10

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