Raphael Weinroth-Browne
Worlds Within Live


4.0
excellent

Review

by Atari STAFF
November 25th, 2021 | 19 replies


Release Date: 07/02/2021 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A hypnotizing reimagining that tests the boundaries of the cello through an alluring concept

Worlds Within Live is an easy and intriguing sell from the start. Described by its creator as the soundtrack to a life cycle, it’s an enthralling instrumental journey that explores nature through the harrowing depths of time. Everything has a beginning and an end – an equally terrifying and beautiful truth – which is expertly conveyed here through a balanced tug-of war of minimalistic flavor and lively soundscapes. The catch? It’s a reimagining that allows the audience to dig even deeper. Without the traditional live audience, Raphael Weinroth-Browne (Musk Ox, The Visit) had no choice but to get lost in his own world of weeping strings and magnetic ambience.

Condensing the ten movements from last year’s Worlds Within into four seamless sections, the intoxicating experience feels like one cohesive whole. The journey begins with a wave of tranquility: the opening breaths of “Unending I” recall thriving forests and the purest rivers undisturbed by man’s influence. Raph’s intricate and affecting playing does much of the heavy lifting here, the meticulous stoke of his arm conjuring up the powerful imagery on display like second nature. To say the first stretch is one hell of a scene-setter would be an understatement; the melancholic strings prove completely hypnotic from the start.

As the album progresses, it also becomes more threatening. Many of the sprawling instrumental movements on Worlds Within Live are inspired by metal. The urgent, unpredictable dancing of strings on “From Above” even draw some inspiration from Meshuggah as things frantically unfolds like an irregular heartbeat. On both the live reimaging and the initial journey, “Tumult I-III” make up for a particularly gripping set of movements. Some of Raph’s most imaginative cello work meshes with a mysterious and driving tribal beat. The album is also made up of looping sound effects and subtle electronic influences that give it a more complex and layered sound. There’s a undeniably wide range to Worlds Within Live, from the peaceful, subtle crawl of “Unending I – From Within” to the more adventurous and jarring stretches.

The best part about World Within Live is how much it challenges the listener to not only enter the realm of a mysterious and passionate world, but to analyze it as well. It’s so easy to listen to music in the background without really hearing it. As a seasoned cellist, Raph encourages us to dig deeper by taking an already enticing record and turned it upside down to uncover new perspectives and nuances. Trying to decipher the little differences kept me feeling engaged throughout. Those unfamiliar with the original 2020 version, however, will have no problem getting sucked into this raw and gripping rendition. Though largely inspired by the ancient foundation of nature, Worlds Within Live often feels celestial in scope. There’s something vast and elusive about it all - completely separated from human understanding. As you devote time to the concept, you’ll find yourself with more questions than answers. This is clearly the point, and Raph’s ability to manipulate his instrument of choice to tell a story is astounding. He leaves such a passionate imprint on everything he’s a part of, and Worlds Within Live feels like one of his most mysterious and personal efforts yet.



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Atari
Staff Reviewer
November 25th 2021


27103 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thankful for the cello today. and all of you ofc :]



meant to post this months ago after my Musk Ox review but writer's block and life happened. hope some people here enjoy it

https://raphaelweinroth-browne.bandcamp.com/album/worlds-within-live

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Gnocchi
Staff Reviewer
November 26th 2021


16250 Comments


Really impressed at the level of artwork this year.

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Voivod
Staff Reviewer
November 26th 2021


9403 Comments


Great review, it reminded me that I have this bookmarked for a while now, as I fancy outfits like Amber Asylum.

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Elynna
November 26th 2021


1078 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is a gorgeous record, thanks for bringing it to my attention.

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DrGonzo1937
Staff Reviewer
November 26th 2021


17344 Comments

Album Rating: 4.7

nice. will definitely check

DrGonzo1937
Staff Reviewer
November 26th 2021


17344 Comments

Album Rating: 4.7

great review as per atari

DrGonzo1937
Staff Reviewer
November 26th 2021


17344 Comments

Album Rating: 4.7

predictably, the crescendos are incredible

Atari
Staff Reviewer
November 26th 2021


27103 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

indeed they are! had a feeling you might be jumping on this one given how much you loved Musk Ox.. cheers!



"Really impressed at the level of artwork this year."

In a sense it sounds kind of how it looks. Jump on it :0)



@Voivod, thx - I hope you enjoy it!

@Elynna, my pleasure. nice 4



Pho3nix
November 27th 2021


1226 Comments


A classical rev? great! :]

I'll check his debut first. Seems cool.

Evok
Contributing Reviewer
November 27th 2021


8830 Comments


Just blind-ordered the CD. Can't wait to hear it!

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Atari
Staff Reviewer
November 28th 2021


27103 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Right on! Hope you fellas dig it



Also, I really wasn’t anticipating this would be featured since it dropped a few months back so huge thanks to whichever Mod God made that happen! Cool to see this still get some exposure

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
November 28th 2021


9403 Comments


Just noticed that a snippet of the review was cited on the artist's bandcamp, kudos.

DrGonzo1937
Staff Reviewer
November 28th 2021


17344 Comments

Album Rating: 4.7

He also posted it on Facebook a couple times too

Lelle
November 28th 2021


2656 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this sounds kinda cool, imma check it out



edit: it's super cool, really great!

fogza
November 29th 2021


4148 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"feels like one cohesive hole."



Sorry to be annoying, this typo kinda bothers me. But nice review, will probably give this a listen.

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Atari
Staff Reviewer
November 29th 2021


27103 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Not annoying, glad u pointed that out!

fogza
November 29th 2021


4148 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

🙂

rellik009
November 29th 2021


1842 Comments


sounds cool

Lelle
December 2nd 2021


2656 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'm enjoying this a lot, thanks for writing the review and bringing this record to my attention!



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