Review: Procer Veneficus - Saltwater & Glassmoon (2008)

procerveneficus_s&gartist: Pro­cer Vene­fi­cus
release: Salt­water & Glass­moon
format: CD
year of release: 2008
label: Stel­lar Aud­it­or­ium / New Age Dawn
dur­a­tion: 43:00

detailed info: dis​cogs​.com.

Music-making seems increas­ingly easier, or at least that is what we can see due to the huge amount of deliv­er­ies all around the globe. Ambi­ent pro­jects are among the most under­val­ued because of their appar­ent sim­pli­city. How­ever, some of these are truly cre­at­ive and evoc­at­ive des­pite min­im­al­ism.

Derek W. Schultz (aka Night) has been press­ing keys since 2005 under the tag Pro­cer Vene­fi­cus, releas­ing 10 full-lengths since then, which is some­how fishy. A sim­ilar situ­ation to that of the Ger­man ambi­ent col­league pro­ject Vin­ter­riket. I say sus­pect because you must have lots of good ideas in order to make that heap of albums; oth­er­wise, it might become a shame­ful sin.

In fact, ambi­ent music can offer a wide range of pos­sib­il­it­ies, most of which are absent on this par­tic­u­lar record. “Oceanic Spheres” appears as oceanic as the album’s concept requires, but soon you real­ize that the struc­ture is not an impress­ive one at all. There are only synths, simple slow pat­tern waves and more waves, lead­ing you to the point of put­ting those bor­ing sounds aside, pre­cip­it­at­ing the “Depar­ture”.

Unlike Under­jord­iska, which is dis­trib­uted under the same label, Pro­cer Vene­fi­cus does not run any risk. I under­stand that Mr Shultz is not in search of the blackened funeral Nortt way, but he doesn’t arrive to the qui­es­cent insane shores of Kar­jalan Sis­sit either. I can ignore this if the aim of this man was mak­ing a product destined to be barely aud­ible and barely bear­able, because the sea is calm and silent, I agree, but it is darker, fierce and unpre­dict­able too. This isn’t even haunt­ing, it is just too con­ser­vat­ive. To me, Salt­water & Glass­moon is a nice title but very basic ambi­ent stuff, incap­able to amaze any­one.

Reviewed by Osvaldr


1. Oceanic Spheres (7:57)
2. Des­cent Through Glass­moon (7:23)
3. Amar­anth And Liqueur (11:30)
4. Atmo­spheric Lull (5:40)
5. Depar­ture (10:24)

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