The Fossil Lights

by Prisms & Portals

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released 20 January 2015

All music was written, recorded and mixed* by Shaun Riekena
Additional atmospheric guitars in 'The Fossil Lights' by Todd Riekena

Mastering by Matt Sepanic at The Sonic Factory Recording Studio in Des Moines, IA

*Outer Depths / Inner Reaches mixed by Matt Sepanic

Thanks to everyone who helped make this album possible.


“There is method to the madness here, and I think it comes through on tracks like “Intercept Linear 7” with it’s repeated piano loops stabbing through the eerie harsh whispered lyrics. And it burns through on the equally eerie “Radiant,” with its thunderous piano echoes and cymbal crashes which sound like the perfect soundtrack to a short black and white film. And then there is the all out jam session of the electric guitar and pounding drum darkness on the title track.”
—The Equal Ground

"A one-man instrumental project from Shaun Riekena, Prisms & Portals could be of particular interest to game developers and genre film makers. Each them we heard—“In Waves,” “Intercept Linear 7” and the 11 minute “The Fossil Lights”—follows an effective formula: a mysterious, hypnotically repetitious motif builds to a dramatic conclusion. Along the way there are enough interludes of intrigue and instrumental flourishes (like great fuzz-bomb guitar tones) that could make an ambitious visual project come to life. Indeed, the simplicity of each composition seems to demand a visual element to ground it or give it context. Our favorite track is “Intercept Linear 7” which makes an impact via its oddly chant-like voice component."
—Music Connection Magazine

"Intercept Linear 7" is an electronic epic that combines hypnotic atmospheric development with a colorful variety of glitch-pop and industrial-fused heavy drones. The vocals are distant in the production, similar to the works of A Perfect Circle and Nine Inch Nails and aptly so, considering this track's stylistic direction. Tracks in the avant-garde electronica vein can easily veer off course due to sheer complexity and scope, but "Intercept Linear 7" starts fresh and maintains this level of innovation throughout. The drums really start to shine around the 02:20 mark, when their vibrancy and complexity aligns beautifully with the synth warbles and flutters. The ominous backing vocals during this section are also phenomenally done. The vocals, although lyrically incomprehensible, act as a hypnotic instrument on their own throughout -- casting a caressing power upon the invigorating instrumentation. "Intercept Linear 7" shows Prisms & Portals as a band supremely capable of crafting electronic epics that fuse together a variety of lovable influences, from Tool to Aphex Twin. Fans of those groups and beyond will surely appreciate this."
—Mike Mineo, Editor of Obscure Sound



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