The album's final track "Exordyum" is a spellbinding example of minimalist repetition and slow build, informed with that curiously Eastern sense of time where the music seems to grow out of the earth rather than simply start at one point and finish at another.

artist:
Anyma

country of origin:
Canada

style(s):
World music, ethno-ambient, gothic, ambient trance

decades active:
00's - 10's

essential releases:
Anyma volume 1 (2004, Anymaworld.com)

Reviewed by Mike G

Remember when Delerium made great albums? Remember the first time you heard Dance Can Dance's exotic brew of Western and Eastern, new and old, light and dark? Without being low grade copycats, Canadian act Anyma (French-Canadians Ghislain Caya and Chrystian Bourassa) have tapped into that same exotic, epic, neo-medieval vein with very impressive results on their first and still best album Anyma volume 1 (2004).

Over lush backdrops and slowly throbbing rhythms they craft an eerie twilight world of leisurely piano motifs, sensual wordless vocals and the exquisitely layered, repetitive arpeggios of ambient trance. At just over 40 minutes in length this CD is very much a case of quality over quantity. The best is saved for last: the instrumental "Exordyum". It's a spellbinding example of minimalist repetition and slow build, informed with that curiously Eastern sense of time where the music seems to grow out of the earth rather than simply start at one point and finish at another.

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