Main thoughts: Haunting, yet at the same time enchanting.
The first release ever to come from the rather young netlabel Ambientaria Records is a one-man, or rather: woman project based in Russia. Halgrath is the spirit child of Agratha who aims to entrance her listeners with her dark, spiritually loaded musical universe.
I have had this album lingering on my PC for a while, but never properly gotten around to listening to it, until now because I felt I needed to take proper time to dive into Halgrath’s music. Liquid Mind pulls you into its world straight away with the first song, Shaaman’s Prarie. The vocals are eerie, and the melody is enchanting, but haunting at the same time and proves to be a great argument for the album title’s choice: the music flows so subtly that it feels like it is liquid. The same thing can be said for Agratha’s vocals, whether she whispers, sings or sighs; the vocals become a part of the wave that is Liquid Mind.
Her winter of loneliness is one of the most intriguing songs as its sound takes the ‘liquid’ part quite seriously.. it sounds as if water is dripping from icicles, and the very persisting whispered vocals and laughter are equally ice cold. My personal favourite is Deep Underwater Darkest Tale, a journey to the enticing depths of the world which is brought beautifully, mainly thanks to Agratha’s hypnotising singing.
All in all, Liquid Mind is an intriguing album, and definitely not an easy listening experience, but it grows on you and is definitely worth the effort! A promising debut album by a very talented artist. You can download it for free on this page at Ambientaria Records’ website.
Source: Folklore Forlorn