Marco Vella's "Shadow Mountain"

By Jem Millett

Marco Vella’s Shadow Mountain, in which the Australian musician has teamed up with visual artist Kyle Jorgensen to deliver a multimedia release, is a down-tempo ambient electronica that dreams are made of. Reminding me of Tycho, Milosh, and Helios this album stands on its own in a sea of like artists. During this last month, I have been listening to five records off and on for reviews. This is the album that I turned on every evening without fail.

Vella’s deep and calming vocals in the first track "Why" introduce you to a form of introspection that you can feel throughout the entire album. Shadow Mountain became a soundtrack of sorts one particular evening I listened while riding my bike through the city.

As the album continues to unfold a sensuality starts to take over with the song "Tall." The down tempo synth played nicely in the background of my day. I have often spent time creating art while listening to an entire album and thoroughly appreciate that Vella took the opposing side and created music inspired wholly from the inspiration of visual art.

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