Xela / Heirs Of The Fire
Album: Heirs Of The Fire   Collection:General 12"
Artist:Xela   Added:Jul 2011

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2011-07-31 Pull Date: 2011-09-18 Charts: Classical/Experimental
Week Ending: Sep 18 Sep 11 Sep 4 Aug 28 Aug 21 Aug 7
Airplays: 2 2 3 1 1 1

Recent Airplay
1. Sep 21, 2011: Memory Select
II [excerpt]
4. Sep 09, 2011: Songs: CANTAN
Ii, I
2. Sep 16, 2011: sounds
5. Sep 08, 2011: don't hate me because i'm beautiful still
3. Sep 13, 2011: Morning Songs
6. Sep 03, 2011: meow

Album Review
Adam Pearson
Reviewed 2011-07-29
Droning, goopy, foggy bliss. Landscapes and sweeping, dreamy atmospheres with an emphasis on guitar, samples, vocals, and minimal percussion. Both sides transport the listener to a nautical, otherworldly, navel-gazing, hypnotic trance. This evolves slowly but pays hearty dividends to those who invest the attention. Xela used to be more IDM-minded early in his career, but he has developed into an ambient drone stalwart. This slab is from our friends at SMTG. I recommend side A if you don’t have the huevos rancheros to give up 23 minutes.

Side A: Dreamy cooing looped vocals and layers of gentleness. Halfway through, vocals drift out and some distant, soaked guitar hypnotizes and meditates. The whole track features light, tingling, chimey percussion. Lo-fi ambient bliss. (11:23)

Side B:. Windy, cyclic trudging-through-snow loop, wine glass eerie reverbed chimes. With around 10 minutes left, warbled distant vocals and sirens come in. Sea-faring drifting into a foggy whirlpool. Last 6 minutes are distorted and scary (22:57)

Track Listing
1. I   2. Ii