A perfect concept for the genre, while listening I educated myself on this nice slice of radioactive history and geography and found the utter bleakness of it all to be mesmerizing. Later on, listening while riding my bike on my favorite canal trail the song "Techa" had me in an absolute zone - classic dark ambient minimalism, sickly repetitive, relentless waves of indifferent and inhuman swells that made me feel like my insides were slowly disintegrating from the endless washes of radiation, as I came upon a long straight stretch of the trail surreally littered with high voltage towers and power lines from a nearby power station on this beautiful sunny day. This "perfect" moment I feel is in a way symbolic of the sounds here - absolutely frightning, but nothing inherently malicious about the actual forces at work - man may be looking for ways to kill each other, or maybe just to power our growth and prosperity - but the nuclear forces themselves are simply a force of nature that have no agenda, no collective subconscious. They're just there, wreaking their horrific forces on us with zero emotion or impunity.
Each track does a great job of conforming to the album's theme, while working from a very unique sound pallette. Ozersk is quiet, lonely, and strange sounding, with a pervading tension that sounds exactly how you'd expect from this beautiful and lonely closed city living right next door to a terrifying force rumbling just under the surface. This track in particular had me completely fascinated by this mysterious city, and reading about it almost like the residents are living in some distant world.
I could probably write a paragraph on each track here. The sounds are unique and ominous, and the concept is perfect. This was my first purchase from Cryo Chamber a few years ago, and I think this might be my favorite thing on the label still. I highly recommend immersing yourself in the history presented by this album as you listen.
Favorite track: Techa.