Derrick Stembridge | Mike Petruna
"Cryptic Logic" is an extraordinary electronic album by the seasoned collaborators Mike Petruna and Derrick Stembridge. This album represents a significant milestone in their collaborative journey, masterfully combining Mike's innovative beats with Derrick's emotionally resonant synths and strings. Each track in this compilation is a chapter in an
"Cryptic Logic" is an extraordinary electronic album by the seasoned collaborators Mike Petruna and Derrick Stembridge. This album represents a significant milestone in their collaborative journey, masterfully combining Mike's innovative beats with Derrick's emotionally resonant synths and strings. Each track in this compilation is a chapter in an enthralling sonic odyssey that revitalizes and redefines the electronic music landscape.
The album's narrative unfolds starting with "Ephemeral," a track that captures the fleeting beauty of moments with its ethereal beats and airy textures, setting the tone for the album's exploration of transient experiences and memories. Following this, "Understand Forgive and Remain" delves into the complexities of the human spirit, weaving introspective melodies with rhythmic intricacies, reflecting the process of understanding, forgiving, and enduring.
"The Essence Of Control" introduces a more reflective and controlled sound, embodying the nuanced aspects of control in both music and life. The track "Plastique" offers a contrasting texture with its edgier, more synthetic sounds, reflecting our environment's modern and often artificial nature.
The album's title track, "Cryptic Logic," is a central piece, encapsulating the essence of Mike and Derrick's collaborative genius. The track fuses mystery with musical mastery, inviting listeners to their unique interpretations. This is followed by "Obeisance," which offers a solemn and respectful tone, possibly acknowledging the influences and inspirations behind their music.
"False Idols" shifts the tone, challenging listeners to discern between reality and illusion, with its hypnotic beats and haunting melodies prompting introspection. "Hypnosis" deepens this journey, creating a trance-like state through rhythmic patterns and ethereal sounds that encourage profound reflection.
As the album progresses, "Moments In Space" and "Eons" continue the reflective journey, with the former offering an expansive, cosmic sound and the latter presenting a timeless, enduring quality. "The Ones We Lost" then brings a more solitary, intimate sound, illustrating feelings of solitude and introspection.
"Resonance in the Void" transforms this solitude into a commentary on the ephemeral nature of existence, while "When We Forget" follows with a haunting reminder of the effects of time and memory, portrayed through its nostalgic melodies.
The album culminates with "Beginnings In A Forgotten Melody," rediscovering ancient, familiar harmonies, leading into the final track, "The Ones We Lost." This ambient ending is a deeply personal tribute to Mike's and Derrick's mothers, a serene yet emotionally charged finale that pays homage to their lasting influence and memories. The track encapsulates a sense of loss, remembrance, and reverence, closing the album on a poignant and profound note.
"Cryptic Logic" is more than an album; it's an auditory journey, a tapestry of sound and emotion that resonates deeply with listeners, leaving a lasting impression long after the final note fades.