Subtle Shift’s latest release ‘Somber Frequencies‘ is a sonic journey into distant realms. The opener ‘Sojourn’ expands at a crawling pace, slowly but surely blossoming into a complex ambient existence. Distant soft pads reverberate in the background as subtle percussion eventually pulsates in accompanying sporadic keys that chime at a rapid pace. All elements combine for a blissful experience that is transcendent. The soundscape draws inspiration from dub, electronica, ambient and drone all while maintaining an authenticity and honesty that almost transcends music. The listener is placed in a meditative state from the first track and as ‘Somber Frequencies’ morphs and grows each echoing sound expands the mind. The seamless flow drifts from ‘Organic Manifestations’ to ‘Sunlit Depths’ almost lending the flow-state achieved in creation by Subtle Shift directly to the listener. ‘As Clouds Move Inland’ begins with heavy tonal sounds hauntingly reverberating in a deep spacious sonic chasm. The almost Alien-like sounds shift from uncanny to organic as distant drum breaks filter in and lush pads fill up the space. The mystical feel hits it’s spiritual apex on ‘Voyage’ with angelic pads that are a blend between the human voice and pure instrumentation, powerful synthesizers with triumphant chord proclamations, and rapid fire hi hats keeping time for precisely programmed percussion. ‘Forsta Sno (1st Snow)’ plays as a victory lap and Savasana, soft chords and keys echo above sparse percussion as the listener slowly re-enters reality. ‘Somber Frequencies’ is a truly amazing release that is able to generate a state of euphoria in the listener solely from sound.