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Despite Our Silence

by Krystian Shek

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Mono Peninsula / Photophob This album is pure gold from start to finish. Exquisite, masterfully produced Ambient Dub in the mood of Warmth's "Ash" or (to some extent) Heavenchord's "Time in Space".

Captivating, very laid-back and full of little details to pet your ears and brain. I love it! Favorite track: Despite Our Silence.
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caligulacabbage69 Is it June yet ? Can not wait for this release to be in my collection .
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Mutiny Don't even have the disc yet but these three tracks are fire. I really dig the vibe, the layers and progressions in each track.
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Most Likely 04:33
Morning Fog 04:56
Nightingales 05:46


Talk about a guy who goes from strength to strength. There’s a lot of ambient dub/dub-techno/what-have-you floating around in ‘Netland, and much of it tends to go for the same watery, delay-drenched, reverb-enriched sounds made popular back in the day by the likes of Yagya, Porter Ricks, Monolake, et al. Not the good Mr. Shek. From the artfully sculpted patina of his rhythms to the beautifully kaleidoscopic calligraphy of his atmospheres and sound design, he tends to go where most dub-o-nauts have never gone before. Take the title track. In a wholly absorbing seven minutes, Shek sets the mood alight, his gently airbrushed tic-toc beats and late-night synth whoosh conjuring fog creeping up on island shoals, gently lapping waves of iridescent ocean softly eroding the shoreline, orange-caked skies melting into twilight auroras. It’s a supremely wonderful thing, and that’s only track one. “A Spot of Dust” thrusts you deep into the heart of darkness, but you’re ultimately redeemed by the ascending, piano-like chords that provide just enough shimmering, emotional rescue. “Forbidden Forests” is all verdant reverie and lush soylent green, as Shek guides your inner ear canals through thickets of dripping electronic brush, Avatar-esque synth colors brimming with primary hues, and an air of portentous anticipation that makes you wonder if you now regret your choice to aurally explore such lands of perilous enchantment. When the rhythmic propulsion kicks in, its brevity feels like an exhalation, until you enter the echo chamber fairyland of “Nightingales”, whose softly spitting curlicues ripple like synthetic soda. Gorgeous, ridiculously original, and necessary as all get-out.


released June 30, 2021


All tracks written and produced by Christian Schek.

Recorded during quarantine in Frankfurt am Main.
Field recordings created from the forests of Messel, Germany 2019-2020.
Cover photo by Krystian Shek @ 49°35'23.6''N 8°51'49.9''E
Mastered by Black Particle.
All tracks registered with ASCAP.


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Krystian Shek

Maintaining a deep ambient / dub & downtempo style with modern and individual accents in production.

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