Leila Abdul-Rauf is a solo artist that has been featured before in this zine and on this recording plays a mixture of dark ambient, drone, ethereal and experimental and this is a review of her 2021 album "Phantasial" which was released by Cyclic Law.
Atmospheric sounding drones start off the album while the synths which also uses a variety of many different sounding keys also bring in elements of dark ambient. When vocals are utilized they also give the songs more of an ethereal atmosphere and some of the tracks also add in some distorted sounds.
At times the music also gets very experimental sounding while some of the songs are also instrumentals. All of the tracks also sound very different from each other as well as having their cinematic moments along with some live trumpets and glockenspiel also being utilized more as the album progresses.
On this recording :Leila Abdul-Rauf takes dark ambient, drone, experimental and thereal and mixes them together to take her sound to a different level. The production sounds very dark while the song themes are inspired by Hellenistic Philosophy.
In my opinion this is another great sounding album from Leila Abdul-Rauf and if you are a fan of dark ambient, drone, ethereal and experimental, you should check out this recording. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Distortions In Phantasy I_Lure" "Distortions In Phantasy IV-Disembodiment" and "The I Emerges IV_Cell". 8 out of 10.