Varien has composed another adventure, and the sonic depth of “Beyond the Surface” carries a weight that is clearly palpable.

It sounds like you’re wandering through an undiscovered Lovecraftian ruin as Aloma Steele’s vocals lead the airy expedition in angelic fashion. Thoughtful sound design immerses the listener and escalates into an unexpectedly crisp drop, precisely sprinkling tasteful embellishments throughout. The record is mastered wonderfully, and each element punches through the mix in all the right ways. Overall, Varien has crafted an extremely clean production, implementing tones which make for a lucid climate.

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What better way to end such a journey than with the guttural prayers of a monastery… And what would those monks do? They’d release this beauty for free.