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Imaginary Cities II

by cryptic scenery



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Looking for an album that celebrates the careless good life, huge parties, endless joyful summer nights and all the luxury that money can afford?

Then I am afraid you have come to the wrong place.

This is the second volume of "Imaginary Cities", long, dark and continuous drones best listened to on headphones (in my opinion). There are both similarities and differences compared to the first "Imaginary Cities" album. Every piece – on volume I as well as this one – is started with and based on a drone created with a single guitar loop. Subsequently, further "events" are added, including a very simple signature motif in the key of the respective track, consisting of the octavised root note (first the higher note, then the lower one).

While it can make for at times challenging listening, the pieces also convey a hypnotic effect.


released December 11, 2020

Composed, constructed and performed by Christian H. Sötemann.




cryptic scenery Berlin, Germany

cryptic scenery was founded in late 1994. Since then, the project has released a number of CDs, CD-Rs, vinyl records, tapes and mp3s on a variety of labels. The musical style ranges from hypnotic new wave songs to Ambient and drone pieces, from minimalist sketches to electronic tracks. The project was founded and still is led by Christian H. Sötemann. ... more

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