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    *Excerpts from the album. Now available at* Ricardo Donoso's double LP Assimilating the Shadow is a magnum opus electronic soundscape. Following last year's terrific Progress Chance, Donoso's third album on Digitalis takes the drumless down-tempo trance formula even further in a hypnotic engulfment of pulsating patterns and transcendental melody. Donoso's work as a film and television composer is evident throughout Assimilating, which plays like the soundtrack to an unfilmed epic that evokes both the neon sci-fi of Daft Punk's Tron: Legacy soundtrack as well as the blockbuster orchestration of Hans Zimmer's recent work with Christopher Nolan. Whereas Progress Chance was an excellent album, the overall massive feel establishes Assimilating as a true journey that moves steadily forward, collecting influence from forms of techno and electronic dance music along with Berlin School and early New Age, stripping them of any pretension or guise, and exposing the shadow beneath. The basis in Jungian theory and interspersed vocal samples conjure both introspection and mysticism and Assimilating transforms from the soundtrack of an unfilmed epic to the soundtrack of individual awakening. It documents the listener's psyche as it moves inward, discovering forgotten truths and becoming something new. - Curt Brown, Experimedia
    In the time since Ricardo Donoso delivered his debut album Progress Chance, he's been pursuing his take on morning music even further. Informed by deep house, slowed-down trance and club influences, this new album unfolds to reveal elaborate sonic labyrinths that emerge out of the burning embers of dance music. Assimilating the Shadow has been designed to be consumed at sunrise, at the party's end. It assembles dark, carefully-considered sequences layered in a way that seems on first listen to be a fusion of opposites. Sacred geometry sets the stage for these intricate, emotional structures, illustrating tonal passages that appear divergent on first listen but which become coherent the further into the album you delve. It's an album that harks back to the beginnings of dance music but which somehow sidesteps the usual revivalist signatures that have become all too familiar in recent years, instead opting for a rhythmically complex variant that echoes early Jean Michel Jarre, Cluster, Manuel Göttsching and Speedy J but with a strange compositional quality quite unlike any of its influences. 2LP deluxe gatefold pressing limited to 500 copies. Mastered by James Plotkin and cut to vinyl by Lupo at Dubplates + Mastering, Berlin. Artwork by Lee Tindall.

    Released by: digitalis
    Release/catalogue number: digi046lp
    Release date: Sep 6, 2012


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