STEVEN SEVERIN

Album: "Visions"
Label: RE:
Style: Dark ambient
Songs: 9

B
 

Reviewed by: Darklight

Steven Severin was the bass player for the band Siouxsie And The Banshees. Now heís going it alone as a solo artist creating dark orchestrated ambient instrumental music.

The music contained on this recording was initially created to be included with a short film back in 1989. The film was banned due to its content, and remains banned to this day. However, Steven decided to reshape and remodel the original music as well as include new material for this release.

What is delivered here are dark, cold and dramatic ambient instrumentals that create a dreary mood. Theyíre a bit spooky and haunting, creating images of scary sights and sounds. This is what makes them so appealing.

The music is well composed with a lot of shifting moods and emotions. Itís the type of music that you would want to listen to while relaxing to candlelight and drinking wine. Itís a calm music that creates a mesmerizing and enchanting atmosphere.

Some tracks include electronic sounds that come and go with the orchestrated soundscapes creating a dark sci-fi edge.

While Stevenís other CD ďMaldororĒ is good as well, I personally find the music on this CD to be even more enjoyable as itís darker and more creative and interesting.

Steven is a talented musician really showing off his skills for creating quality music on this disc. If you enjoy dark dramatic ambient music, this recording canít be missed.

 

Album: "Maldoror"
Label: RE:
Style: Dramatic ambient
Songs: 11

B

Reviewed by: Darklight

Steven Severin was the bass player for the band Siouxsie And The Banshees. Now heís going it alone as a solo artist creating dark orchestrated ambient instrumental music.

This recording contains music that he created for a play entitled ďMaldororĒ. While music such as this created to go along with a visual show such as a play is best suited for that environment, thatís not to say that it doesnít work on its own as well. But this isnít the type of music youíre going to want to listen to on headphones or in your car as it will make you relaxed and sleepy.

This is dark and dramatic ambient music that creates a lot of mood. Itís the type of slow moving minimalistic music that you would want to play in the background and not pay too close attention to.

While this music is well composed, itís rather sparse as well. These are floating soundscapes without too much actually happening in them. This is the type of music that you will want to listen to with the lights are turned off while you lay in bed and close your eyes letting your mind wander. Itís very peaceful and relaxing creating dreamlike images.

If you enjoy soft, light enchanting ambient music, you will enjoy this CD as it contains some very well composed music that will take you away.