Rainbo Video is aptly named. The gorgeous colors emanating from these five compositions shocked me. Everything is meticulous, melodic, infinitely well-organized and lovely. Albums like Shadow Relics are rare: ones that offer new insights with each additional listen.
Beautiful, haunting, and stunning in scope. Over just five tracks, he manages to loop his way through modern electronic music. This is minimal trance or ambient music, but with so many layers and textures you will find yourself lost and in love. The epic opening to the album, “Ultraviolet,” is the best of Steve Reich mixed with Aphex Twin.
Shadow Relics is a solid workout in true ambient and minimalism. Opener “Ultraviolet” is a beautiful and epic 10-minute plus piece, reminiscent of Steve Reich’s Electric Counterpoint. I’m impressed at the level of maturity Rainbo Video has exhibited with Shadow Relics. Still in his 20s, he took the road less traveled and released a piece of engaging, electronic-based minimalism.
[Ultraviolet] is the sound of giddy excitement at fantastic detail. It is taken from the extremely beautiful album Shadow Relics.
Rainbo Video shows off his intelligent ear for growth as the song builds in complexity with additional synth lines creating more movement and energy. The song eventually becomes this catchy piece with a nice groove and feel to it, allowing the simplicity of the track to make it accessible. Overall a really fun listen.
This album explodes to life with the multicoloured sound of what sounds like an ocean of guitars locked into the repetition of ecstatic clear notes. Another guitar begins to play other notes of the top and then another and then a warm, deep subtle keyboard joins the throng. It sounds like Terry Riley on ecstasy and when the percussive notes start up, you will be too.
One of THE best [albums] of 2011.
Best enjoyed in the company of a nighttime sky and a tasty bev. A planetarium will do too.