Severence | Hidden Ceilings

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Little is known about the elusive musician Elliot Denmark – who is behind the project Severence – other than the fact that he grew up around the East of London before moving to Spain 12 years ago. Except for a few sampler contributions (including “Dark Heat [Moss Mix]” on Bine’s already legendary “2010” compilation) his musical output was limited to DJ mixes he shared on his website.

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Little is known about the elusive musician Elliot Denmark – who is behind the project Severence – other than the fact that he grew up around the East of London before moving to Spain 12 years ago. Except for a few sampler contributions (including “Dark Heat [Moss Mix]” on Bine’s already legendary “2010” compilation) his musical output was limited to DJ mixes he shared on his website.

Now the long awaited album arrives and surprises with dark ambient sounds. Cloudy layers of blurred sound snippets tower up in long hall rooms while the underlying rhythm is created not by a beat but the slow rolling of soundwaves. Severence tweaked his sounds until they meshed smoothly, and even dub elements are sensitively integrated while avoiding every kind of Clichés.

Hidden Ceilings invites us to an exploration of seldomly accessed soundscapes that want to be carefully discovered and wandered through, not as an easy Sunday afternoon trip but an exciting “journey into sound”.

And just like the great Morton Feldman, Severence considers that sometimes the sounds that are left unplayed are just as important. Calm, even silence is a significant element of this record.

A silence full of tension.

Release Date // September 2, 2013
Format // Digital Album // CD
Catalog Nr // BINE CD30
EAN // 880319623028

3 reviews for Severence | Hidden Ceilings

  1. De:Bug (DE)

    Yet another Lego piece- pardon the pun on artist Elliot Denmark’s name, but it comes from a heart in which the ambient dub core of his debut album is already firmly embedded. Denmark doesn’t reinvent any wheels or replace any spokes, but he uses the world’s best cleaning cloth to polish his way into history, with a proven mix of the Berlin school and having a sense for pink silence. And let’s face it: far too few albums like this get released these days; albums which orchestrate a state of breathing out within the intersections of our hearts, a state which, when reached, you never want to leave. The clouds are coming.

  2. Bleep (UK)

    A album of dreamy and glacial ambience from Severence on German label Binemusic. Made up of waves of crackling static underlined by deep and cavernous dub techno pulsations, it’s an album of strange, otherworld beauty and ghostly, meandering noise.

  3. Boomkat (UK)

    Eliot Denmark presents a sublime solo debut LP as Severence for Germany’s BIneMusic. ‘Hidden Ceilings’ orbits nine tracks of Chain Reaction-style white noise convection and morphing subbass undercurrent in a deeply submerged soundsphere. From the lapping shallows of ‘Portus’ where melodic sun still breaks thru, he goes far under with the buffeting subbass and deftly delayed dub chords of ‘Reflection’ and the Vainqueur-esque ‘Adrift’. The descending sensation of ‘Immerse’ gauges unfathomable depths with plunging subbass bubbles and super vivid spatial dynamics, and ‘Modulate’ steps off with abyssal dub dancefloor pressure into the vastness of ‘Void’, where the near-infinite delays of ‘Detachment’ are a logical conclusion. RIYL Pole, Basic Channel, Chain Reaction.

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