A thorough improvement over Unsleep, Markov Soroka fully embraces the oceanic concept with Subaqueous. The organic sounds of water and the distant cries of whales on Mother Cetacean deftly set the atmosphere for the next 40 minutes. The roar of vocals sound like they're coming from under the water, the sound is masterfully mixed - the bass is a notable highlight - and the entire album feels mournful without being glacial in pace. At times the pace is almost frenetic, like the drumming and guitar work at 14:00 on Father Subaqueous or the strings at 16:00, which could have been pulled from a Godspeed You! record. The atmosphere works: sorrow, loss, and peace at the bottom of the sea, crushed under fathoms of water.
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