The sound of piano, followed by violin, give way to orchestral sounds created by keyboards, resulting as the base of musical repetitiveness that arrives from Kolkata-based Srimallya Maitra. Ambient music’s original vision as an unobtrusive musical wallpaper, later fused with warm house rhythms and given playful qualities by various artistes in the ’90s, found an opposite in a style known as ‘Dark Ambient’. Populated by a wide assortment of artistes through the years, dark ambient features toned-down or entirely missing beats with unsettling passages of keyboards, eerie sounds, and treated instrumental effects, which is often the feel that “Imagination” provides. Like most styles related in some way to electronic music of the ’90s, ambient music – dark or otherwise – remains a very nebulous term; many artistes enter or leave the style with each successive release, and it would be interesting to listen to where Srimallya’s next effort goes.
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– Review by PARAG KAMANI