Soma - _Stygian Vistas_
(Extreme Records, 1997)
by: Adrian Bromley (6 out of 10)
While I really wanted to like this EP by noise duo Soma after the brilliant _Inner Cinema_ last year, an ambient trip into chaos and expressionism, I felt kind of short-changed with this remix EP. With radio edits and remixed versions of some material scattered throughout eight cuts, most of which come from _IC_, there is not too much material here that really stands out. Granted, some of the remixes help shorten Soma's lengthy songs and add a little bite, but the whole beauty of what Soma does is the long ambient soundscapes. It's like their bread and butter. I dunno, I like remix albums, but there seems to have been some kind of tampering or remixed ideas that just didn't cut it in my books. Stick with the original material on _IC_, and you'll thank me.

(article published 14/7/1997)

2/4/1997 A Bromley 9 Soma - The Inner Cinema
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