The Edge of the Light by Floating in SpaceRelease date: October 14, 2016
Label: Deep Elm Records
Floating in Space is Spanish songwriter, composer, and multi-instrumentalist Ruben Caballero. He wrote, recorded, mixed, and mastered The Edge of the Light at Arctic Studio in Alicante, Spain. This amazing release is chock full of lavish soundscapes, intimate piano movements, and gorgeous orchestral arrangements. The artist explains: “This album is a travel through time, space, distance and feelings. Through my songs, I try to show my vision of a world where light and shadows, calm and fears, solitude and togetherness meet in the vastness of space.”
As a listener approaching this music for the first time, I find it moving, uplifting, and majestic as it sprawls across a vast, sonic landscape. It moves through so swiftly that the album is at an end before I realize it. It invites deeper listening, to virtually dive into its mystery and try to pull meaning from it. Yet, each listener approaches with a different mindset, and it will resonate at different levels for each person. Opening track ‘Oceans’ glows with warmth and meshes beautiful piano with triangles and the hissing of wind, before kicking it up a notch for the grand finale. ‘Beyond the Stars’, once again dominated by piano, is expansive and slightly fuzzy around the edges, before guitar jumps in and carries the final third of the song to a satisfying conclusion. ‘Backlights’ is hushed and introspective, and your mind races across endless plains as the music surrounds you. The orchestral portion of this song is just lovely. But wait, that’s not all, Caballero even throws in a crashing climax to this succinct and perfectly executed tune.
‘First Dawn’ approaches sacred music as it unfurls, infusing your senses with the lightest touch. As beautiful as it is, it also creates an upwell of sorrow in me. I can imagine watching a great hero felled on my inner view screen as this song plays in the background. ‘Radiant’ has nice bits of percussion woven into the mix, and the song is uplifting straight through. ‘Clocks’ is a disappointingly short modern classical piece, with lovely piano and a symphonic backdrop. ‘Starfeed’ approaches Hammock territory, with its quiet majesty and contemplative air. It is also woefully brief, cutting off the listener like a cliffhanger at the end of a series. ‘Distance’ is moody and autumnal, its relative warmth shrugging off the cold of a gray November day. ‘Confessions’ morphs into something rather special in its final musical throes, enlivening the listener with an ominous undertone and percolating synths. ‘Redshift’ is lined with elegant instrumental passages and plaintive piano arching over it all. ‘Planetary’ is the perfect accompaniment to a beautiful sunrise, red arms of light spiraling into all directions. Closing track ‘Timeless Horizon’ is of a darker stripe, and is a bit creepy at the song’s middle. The percussion reverberates like a heartbeat, then a shadowy flute emerges and overlays the mix.
This entire suite of songs is engaging, cerebral, and only your imagination will limit you from fully engaging with this music. It is cinematic post rock at its best and will appeal to fans of other Deep Elm artists, including Lights and Motion, Christoffer Franzen, and Inward Oceans.