Shork, the solo project of Dublin-based multi-instrumentalist Mark Sheridan, has unveiled his latest auditory masterpiece, “The Universe.”
In this review, we’ll delve into this incredible new album, and explore the ethereal soundscape that Shork has crafted from the comfort of his home in the Republic of Ireland.
Before we journey into the mesmerising world of ‘The Universe‘, let’s take a moment to get to know the artist behind the music. Shork, a musical polymath, brings a passion for ambient and dreamlike textures, incorporating melodic spaces and rhythmic grooves to forge a unique, polyphonic sound. His diverse musical interests and penchant for experimentation promise an exciting and original listening experience.
‘The Universe‘ opens a portal into Shork’s sonic realm with its total of 8 tracks. Each piece is a testament to the artist’s talent for creating immersive soundscapes that engage and transport the listener.
The album presents a delightful surprise with collaborations from fellow artists, David Bridgeman and qwasi. These musical partnerships add depth and diversity to the project, demonstrating Shork’s ability to harmonise with the talents of others.
I’m personally captivated by the immersive, ethereal sounds in tracks like ‘Transit‘ and ‘Contra‘. These singles exude an electrifying energy and depth that’s impossible to resist. With their velvety vocals, soul-warming bass lines, and a captivatingly immersive, spacebound atmosphere, they transport you to a world of sonic wonder.
What truly sets this album apart is the impeccable production quality that caters to an extensive range of audio devices. Each track is meticulously crafted, ensuring a sublime auditory experience for all listeners. But it’s the vocals that steal the show throughout the album, effortlessly weaving in and out of the mix, at times reminiscent of ethereal apparitions. This ghost-like quality, beautifully exemplified in the mesmerising outro, ‘Reverie‘, is complemented by a dynamic and retro-inspired instrumental that takes you on an otherworldly journey.
‘The Universe’ impresses not only with its dreamlike compositions but also with the meticulous production quality. Shork’s careful execution ensures that each track is finely tuned for a sublime listening experience. Whether you’re using high-end headphones, a car stereo, or a modest smartphone speaker, the music translates flawlessly across various audio devices.
In this album, Shork has not only demonstrated his musical prowess but has also invited us to embark on an auditory journey where the boundaries of genre and style blur, and the universe of sonic possibilities expands.
The album released on 20th October 2023 and can be streamed via Apple Music or Spotify here.
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