the barrier of skin
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the barrier of skin notes
the barrier of skin is my third album. By this point I was alot more confident with what I
was doing, and there was a distinct sound that I felt comfortable with. I'm really pleased
with how this one came out, it has some really beautiful passages if I say so myself, and
I think it was the best representation of my work to that time.
once again the cover is done by Katie Miranda. She's just so amazing. She was able to
bring elements of both light and darkness into this cover and it just seems so appropriate
given the music on the disc. I love the use of the mask on both the front and back covers,
and I love the way Adrienne the cover model looks out from the frame. It's kind of
interesting to note that when Katie was shooting pictures for this cover she took a bunch
of them with Adrienne wearing the mask, and then when the film was running out she took a
few more casual shots of Adrienne without the mask just for the fun of it. Out of all
the shots the
casual ones were my favorites, so she used those and imposed the mask on top. I think it
turned out great... Katie is just soooooo amazing...
control is one of the piano type songs that I always add on my discs, kind of a waltz-y
number, very minimal instrumentation. I'm really pleased with it, and of the piano type
songs this is prolly my favorite. There's a version of it with vocals sung by Susan
Morton of Chocolate Grinder on the Related Textures compilation that really works well too...
the eyes of fairuza balk, contrary to popular opinion, is NOT about Fairuza Balk so much
as it's about eyes, which she undoubtedly has a great pair of. It's about finding treasure
in things that one might not see otherwise, and it's about beauty being anywhere you look
here are a few comments made about the barrier of skin
"quiet and pulsing, mara’s torment lays out soundscapes perfect for a dream.
Nearly minimal in nature, these dreamscapes tinkle with subtle brilliance much stars
in the night sky. When you lie down on the ground at night, out in the country
and away from city lights and sounds, you can see an infinite number of stars if the
night is clear enough. There’s something about lying there like that, feeling so small
and alone in the vast darkness above. But there remains a sense of wonder, of how big
it all is. Put on some headphones, close your eyes, and listen to The Barrier of Skin,
it will inspire those same sensations."
- Laura B./
"pleasing soundscapes aren't absent from this release. They just find themselves
tucked in between songs with a fuller structure, which really stand out as the
highlights of the album. Songs like "The Last Veil" have a dreamlike atmosphere,
with no rhythm or melody restricting them. Flowing, symphonic/electronic sounds
trickle through the air, hypnotically embracing the listener."
- Scott Mallonee/
"the latest release from Toronto’s Rik MacLean is a decided move out of the chilled
blackness of Across For Show into warmer, enveloping realms of sound. The Barrier Of
Skin is almost sensual in it’s textures; from the unfolding delicacy of Dreams Of
Insects and the lovingly caressing Maybe Not, the album moves through different realms
of encompassing emotions. Dreamlike flickering scatters across The Eyes Of Fairuza Balk,
murmuring peril infuses An Unfortunate Error and heavenward movements swirl within
Andromeda. There is a fabulously spectral aspect to the title track, giving the name
The Barrier Of Skin an inference of the spirit, or a ghost, being irreversibly separated
from the body; a marked sadness and sense of loss pervades throughout the piece."
"this ambient project goes well beyond the scope of many out there. As many dark themed
ambient artists can tend to be dull and boring, Rik strays away by creating an album of
tranquil beauty that a lot of the big name ambient artists out there are still trying to
The Seventh Circle
"his latest release is another step into the soundscape of Rik's brain. Electronic
ambience pulled off with a more minimalist style, the music of Mara's Torment will
sit just behind your field of vision and wrap its emotional strains around you from
there. It will never shake you and provide a billowy environment for your psyche to
come out and play. And how often does that happen? When was the last time you've sat
back and peeled back the bricks and mortar of your defenses and let your soul skip
around in its birthday suit, eh?"
- Marcus Pan/
"have you ever been overwhelmed by subtlety? The Barrier of Skin has that
effect; (for the most part) its strength lies in its restraint, presenting
delicate yet powerful electronic movements."
- David J Opdyke/
"the artistry that is most evident with this release is all the characters
who come to life just from the creation of melody and harmony. Maras Torment
continues to challenge the listener to view
their mental landscapes to find that total essence of their soul
while providing a whole new approach to the sound spectrum."
- Mike Ventarola/