Chaos as Shelter is a one man ambient project from
Israel. The material on this double album can be described as dark, but
not evil sounding like projects like Herbst9 or Kerovnian.
Sighing, sultry horns mix with the sounds of wading
into a pool of electric water, a shower of metallic drops, acoustic guitar,
and some harmonic chants contribute to but a small bit of the plethora
or sounds to be enjoyed on Midnight Prayer/ Illusion. Now imagine
these elements if they were all recorded in some sort of cavernous aluminum
air duct, and you've got a pretty good idea of what you can expect.
Vadim Gusis, the force behind Chaos as Shelter, has
said that his material is best enjoyed in utter silence at around 4 or
5 A.M. This seems to be quite a fitting recommendation, as the sounds
on Midnight Prayer/Illusion are soothing and etheral; they enter
the brain smoothly - as if imbibed with a unique melody. Although the
music is produced almost entirely with electronic equipment, it almost
makes one think of some kind of alternate natural world, albeit one encapsulated
in pliable metal.
The agreeable mix of ambient, electronics, voice,
acoustics and Israeli folk music influences make this album highly recommended
to fans of dark ambient and dilletantes alike.