Secluded Alchemist, a synth-man from Kentucky, debuted with the
four lo-fi songs of the cassette Ruminations Of A Hermit (2017), notably
the droning Seeking Solitude In This Desolate Cave.
That was indeed the style of the cassette Arcane Sanctuary (2017), a much more macabre affair,
from the sepulchral feeling of Echoes From Underground Passages (15:16)
to the post-mortem nightmare of Chambers Of Repression (16:21), a journey into the antechamber of hell.
The cassette Laboratory Amongst the Leaves (Ancient Meadow, 2018)
retreated into a more pastoral and impressionistic mood.
The angelic ecstasy of Domain Of A Cloistered Life (11:29) is ideal
for Zen meditation.
If Laboratory Amongst The Leaves (12:06) is a bit monotonous,
Regarding The Great Work: I. Nigredo/ II. Albedo/ III. Citrinitas/ IV. Rubedo (22:39) is a slow-motion instrumental narrative, a close relative of the fantasia of classical music.
A bit too simplistic, though.
Wintry Beauty Of Nature/ A Glacial Grave (Ancient Meadow, 2019) contains
a 44-minute piece with vocals (buried deep into the mix).
For about 20 minutes a metallic tinkling duets with a grating drone, then the
drone doubles in intensity and begins to sound like a winter blizzard while
the metallic tones become a gentle slow-motion lullaby. The whole exudes a
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