Marco Shuttle‘s third album, Cobalt Desert Oasis, combines cinematic, otherworldly soundscapes reminiscent of a parallel utopian world rich in complex rhythms and moods.
Each composition is a culmination of environmental field recordings intertwined with modular synths, drum machines, effects, analog oscillators, and a heavy influence of the Tombak, a traditional Persian hand drum. Shuttle brings these environmental elements to the forefront, making it challenging to distinguish the synthetic aspects from the natural ones.
As a result, the music becomes a visual experience of sorts invoking an authentic ASMR experience. The album’s accompanied by Marcos’ photography on the cover and insert images.
Cobalt Desert Oasis transitions between tracks with various moods, textures, and tempos, transporting the listener to a slow-moving ship headed towards a mystical land. “Winds Of Cydonia” rolls out dissonant melodies with an ever-increasing tension factor. In contrast, “4Dimensional Soundwaves” hinges around a never-ending arpeggio that pushes the movement of its surroundings forward. “Danza De Los Voladores” brings about elements of tribal rhythms rolling into a hypnotic cadence of familiarity.
Marco Shuttle‘s Cobalt Desert Oasis released on Jenny Slattery and Anthony Naples‘ record label, Incienso. Purchase it in digital format via Marco Shuttle Bandcamp.