It’s time for “thinking music” Round 2. About a month ago, I wrote about the debut album Natura Morta from SMM artist Cepia in preparation for the December 7 release of his sophomore effort, Cepia. What is SMM, you ask? Well I didn’t know this either, but according to Ghostly International, it’s a “mysterious acronym that encompasses enigmatic ambient and experimental music with an emphasis on textural and melodic expanses.” So you can go ahead and add one more genre to that ever expanding list.
Cepia follows in similar fashion, taking your mind on an excursion through abstract sounds and thick, building patterns. The two tracks that stand out for me are “Me And My Gin” and “Ithaca,” the latter of which was released at an earlier date on the Ghostly Swim compilation.
Tracks like “Hootenanny” incorporate synth elements that hint at an Asian influence, while others such as “Public Address” depict an eery, dark ambience. “Hootenanny” is available as a free download on Cepia’s Bandcamp.
This album is unique, so I give frontman Huntley Miller credit in experimenting with the power of technology available today. I enjoy original and forward-thinking content so I encourage you to check out this album along with his previous release for an interesting take on modern electronica.