Thanos "ProgCaliph" Patsos
“Flying and the Silence” is NHEAP’s (aka Massimo Discepoli’s) fourth full-length release and the last to-date under this moniker. Looking at the artwork of this album I realise how much it fits the music: lounge-progressive electronica with delicate aesthetics.
Within one hour of music, Massimo unfolds a very interesting mix of ambient music, based on a jazz/avant-garde background, in a very relaxed setting but without lacking experimentation. The mix contains a small dose of Berlin school electronica, pure jazz, trip-hop, odd-time signatures and dreamy soundscapes; some moments reminded me of heavier experimental bands adopting such influences, such as Gordian Knot and the The Gathering. The prog listener may find similarities to Kevin Moore’s Chroma Key. The dynamism lacking in this record is counter-balanced by the clever variations between the outright dreamy tunes and the slightly more adventurous ones, such as the title track and “Lost in a Leaf”, which along with the opening “Origin of Water” have caught my attention.A very nice offering from NHEAP, which is worth your time exploring its dreamy ventures.