- Embody

synaesthesia-embody

Canadian industrial pioneers Bill Leeb and Rhys Fulber, better known as Front Line Assembly, quietly released several albums under the name Synaesthesia in the mid-90s. With this side project they turned their attention to dark ambient and glacial chill out, picking up where they had left off with Delerium, which was rebranded as a radio-friendly New Age pop act around the same time. Embody, the shorter of two Synaesthesia releases from 1995 (the other one is the 2CD Desideratum), almost feels like a compilation of tracks from the cutting room floor, many of which lean heavily on recognizable samples, but it’s certainly worth hearing. Not all tracks hit the mark, but there are plenty of great moments here for fans of futuristic downbeat music, as it captures Leeb and Fulber near their creative peak. Highlights: the enchanting Door to the Other Side, the mystical Outland (if you don’t mind those samples anyway), and the glacial Floatation.