Rasplyn’s Scenes Through the Magic Eye is the debut release on Mythical Records, the experimental music label.
Rasplyn is the solo project of Carolyn O’Neill, who hails from Chicago and grew up playing the clarinet and organ. She uses her background in classical composition to create mystical and visual landscapes with her music. O’Neill’s music has a darkness to it, yet is filled with textured layers influenced by world culture and fantasy. As she experiments with adding vocal elements into the environments she creates, her style is transforming as she continues to work as a solo artist.
the sound of string and wind instruments spring and sprout up from the soundscape
Musically, Rasplyn’s sound is as ethereal and mind bending as you might expect. Opening with ‘Circle Round’, the music creates layer upon layer of sonic blankets, while the sound of string and wind instruments spring and sprout up from the soundscape. Overall, it’s more avantgarde industrial than new age meditative, although there are plenty of soothing stop offs to be found within the record – the first of which being early on with ‘Priestess of the Goddess’, where the strings lean slightly towards the sounds of Clint Mansell and his work with the Kronos Quartet.
a sense of strength and dread with a meditative approach
‘Open Door’ has a deeply gothic vibe, not unlike the serious weight of Within Temptation, while ‘Temple Moon’ works more in the ambient vein, with its wind chimes and eastern tones, growing into a kind of aural pagan ritual. Scenes Through The Magic Eye is certainly a niche recording, and one that will satisfy many who are looking for this kind of thing. Carefully balancing a sense of strength and dread with a meditative approach to song construction is something you only come across every once it a while, and this is where you will find it.
Scenes Through the Magic Eye is due to be released on Mythical Records on November 30th, 2014.