Epic new dark drone and new-new-age workouts from my favorite married couple Afterthought and Leeward Lung. Cryptic Snuggling is a leap forward into the deep waters of melancholy. The five initial tracks are a trip down the back roads of a torn psyche. Synths hover and dematerialize while strings circle and menace. Fog rolls in and pulls you closer to the sleeping dirt. You think “this would be fine place to die.” Yet, just as you let go, “Ruffled Rivers” picks you up and cradles you downstream.
“Ruffled Rivers” may just be the most beautiful thing I have every released and a towering 25 minute opus that shows just how amazing these wonderful artists have become. For fans of Popol Vuh, Curstallistas, Loren Chasse, Anduin, Xela…etc..