Label: Cryo Chamber
Genre: Dark Ambient
Sabled Sun (which I guess means something like "darkened sun") is a new futuristic/post-apocalyptic dark ambient project from the highly talented Simon Heath (Atrium Carceri, Za Frumi, Krusseldorf, etc). This release also marks the beginning of his label Cryo Chamber. One thing to note is that 2145 was digitally released in 24bit, uncompressed format (CD audio is 16bit), which allegedly offers a larger dynamic range and consequently fuller sound with more accurate representation of extreme high and low end. Without getting into it too much, on paper this means that the music will offer "more", but there are arguments as to whether (and to what extent) human hearing is able to perceive the extra data. Some further reading on the topic: here. That said, this should certainly please audiophiles and is a step in the right direction from the current status quo which is the "loudness war" and compressing/limiting everything to hell and beyond to get the maximum possible loudness at the expense of dynamic range and "space" in the mix. Anyway, bandcamp offers this release in the lossless format FLAC at no extra cost, which I recommend as it will give you the full range of sound that was intended.
+ The production is certainly huge. Whether or not the 24bit is significantly noticeable (I don't have the 16bit to compare it with), I can say with complete certainty that Simon Heath knows his shit when it comes to mixing and mastering! This record sounds absolutely massive. It's very wide and enveloping - with little effort you can fall right into these tracks and get swept up in the universe of 2145. As with the newer Atrium stuff, I highly recommend listening with headphones to hear all of the subtleties.
+ As per his usual Atrium packaging, this release comes with a 5 page "booklet" containing a story pertaining to the theme.
- Very subtle record - a lot of stuff could be missed by listening at low volume or on non-optimal playback devices.
An interesting and rather diverse ambient record. Heath is one of the few producers who is highly prolific and almost never disappoints - and he delivers quality once again with 2145. If you like complex, active ambient and/or what Heath does in his other projects, than you should absolutely check this out. Not quite as jam packed or in your face as older Atrium albums (kind of hilarious to say that in regards to dark ambient), but much more subdued like the newest Atrium album Reliquiae. Hopefully there will be more to come from this project!