Glenn Murawski explores a sound that feels beyond time with “The Crux of Consciousness”. Stylistically he draws from a wide slew of genres, ranging from traditional folk music to classical to electronic all while employing an approach distinctly his own. The way these pieces grow and move relies on rhythm of the natural and the unnatural sort. For the naturalistic hues he lets the sweeping strings, delicate plucks, and other details filter into the fray. With the less natural he employs beats though these too possess a unique tactile ability. Best of all his album works when taken in as a singular whole for each track is but a suite in an ever-expanding symphony.
Sound-wise he draws heavily from electronic music’s eclectic sorts, from Aphex Twin’s old roommate Global Goon with his fascination of traditional and modern forms melded together. For the sheer ambience he incorporates lessons learned by Goodiepal in terms of a wonderful, highly colorful blend of synthetic and found sounds, always keeping the listener on their toes regarding which is which. Layering these sounds on top of each other results in a vast kaleidoscopic field one that feels ever so warm and inviting. The overall flow of the album further nods to a stately grace.
On “The Modern Age (Intro)” the way he deftly plays snippets of voice alongside a greater arrangement sets the tone for what follows. With “Time is of the Essence” he incorporates beats in a more traditional sense, as the rhythm has a loose, jazz-like cadence. “Sequestered” feels akin to a long-lost early Autechre track, as the glitch beats alongside the baroque melody feels soothing. Reflective to its core is the delicate dance of “Tangible Hearts”. Tension underpins the whole of the anxious ride of “Broken in Time”. A lovely piece takes shape on the fragile “Peaceful Interlude”.
By far the highlight comes with the fantastic ebb and flow of “Tranquil”. Here the movements are subtle and sublime, with the shift in texture a particular treat. “Silent Escapes” offers a bit of a mournful ode. Nervous energy permeates the whole of “Some Things Are Better Left Unsaid” where the elements ping off each other. Skittering beats intertwine on the lush arrangement of “In the Throes of Nothingness”. An achingly beautiful track, “The End of Sadness” features a cyclical melody that becomes almost defiant with each reiteration. Elements of downtempo emerge for the finale of “Chill Vibes (Outro)”.
“The Crux of Consciousness” shows off the deft skill of Glenn Murawski in exploring an aural universe entirety of his own making.