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Raphael Weinroth-Browne - Worlds Within

Label: Independent
Format: Download
Released: 2020
Reviewed By: Jack Mangan
Rating: 8/10

"Worlds Within" is an enchanting journey of meditation and beauty.
Let's set one thing straight: we're kinda breaking the rules by reviewing this here. Regardless of Raphael Weinroth-Browne's other associations (Leprous, Musk Ox, The Visit), this is not a Metal album. Don't expect the Heavy side of Apocalyptica or even Rasputina; but do think of the lighter side of both of those acts, plus a touch of Michael Nyman. This is a cinematic, neo-Classical float across dimensions of space and ether, sometimes calm, sometimes tempestuous.


Raphael deftly counterbalances the tension and serenity, sometimes with methodical strokes of the bow across his instrument, like gentle paddles in calm waters, while other times showing off dexterity with staccato phrases and 16th-notes.
I didn't detect the presence of any other instruments, beyond a few layers of cello (there are occasional shy drums) - - but that's one of the beauties of this instrument; in the right hands and thighs, it can fill the vastness wall to wall inside your skull.
Raphael intends "Worlds Within" to be one composition broken up into movements across ten tracks. Honestly, the pieces all flow and blend together like merging waters, somewhat indistinguishable from each other. This isn't the kind of thing you'll typically put on and examine note-for-note, humming along with and clapping your hands. . . This is an album you'll put on to set an introspective mood, seeking poignance in melancholy and wonder. It's possibly/probably outside of your comfort waters, but I think you should raise your sails to catch "Worlds Within."

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