“Tempus Destinatum” Brings the Best Out of Nocturnal Omissions

Nocturnal Omissions’ latest album was recorded in isolation during the pandemic with songs fueled by depression. It’s his most endearing and truest display of expression and closest to realizing his artistic vision yet. With talented compositions and production, this is truly the high point of his musical career. Check out “Tempus Destinatum” below:

“Unfamiliar Places” is a fitting opening song title, as the listener does not know which direction Nocturnal Omissions will be taking us on his music this time around. The delicate piano and ripe drums lay the red carpet forward, allowing for the thumping kick drum to move the listener into this unknown house of music and intrigue. The Eastern style solos soar gracefully over the rhythmic beats, allowing us to prepare for what’s to come. In “Frozen Landscape,” we’re introduced to the chill-wave energy and it feels as though we’re exploring a newly discovered snow planet. You can nod yourself into a dream world with this delectable treat.

“Endless Queues” has a super smooth Hip-Hop beat drive the song forward accompanied by a lingering synth that swathes over the ears to entrap you in a pulsing sway. “Entry Scanner” picks up the pace with a varied range of instrumental combinations to form a lasting impression of positivity and promise. “False Upgrade” is what’d you hear in a Neo Tokyo future where robots cater to your every whim. The driving synth will prevent you from sitting still and you will be electromagnetically connected to move to where the beat takes you. As usual, the production is clear and defined, as to be expected from any Nocturnal Omissions album.

“Parasitic Infection” has all the drum and bass you’ll need for a month. The rolls, claps, kicks and hi hats are impressively strewn together and then the dubstep influence comes crashing in with the signature wobble sounds you’d expect from the top performers of the genre back in the golden era. This sound and feel represents what’s new on “Tempus Destinatum.” There’s a more focused intention on the sound being created and the result is euphoric.

“Putting Away” is a slower track featuring a slapping bass sound that brings out the funk, while “Safety Demonstration” is a dance-inspired song that is unique, daring, yet accessible. “Cabin Pressure” is the high point of the album as all the instruments converge to provide a landscape that mixes acoustic sounding instruments with electronic percussion, underlined with a moving piano arrangement that adds a layer of complexity, resulting in a daunting and daring experience. Imposing melodies and compositions align to form one of the best Nocturnal Omissions tracks. Everything you’ve enjoyed by his music happens in this track.

“Upright and Locked” has us stepping into the world of Tron. There are neon lights everywhere and they’re all leading to the dance floor. The guitar mixed with that oozing synth mix class and sass in a relishing way. “Rough Landing” is dark, epic, haunting and penetrating. A wavering synth midway is intimidating and creates a whole atmosphere that is just delightfully frightening. Last but not least is “Baggage Claim” to mark the end of this journey. Calm and inspiring, it sends us off into he sunset on a good note, allowing us to reflect on our lives as well as what we just heard.

For all the ups and downs that Nocturnal Omissions has experienced in his personal life, the music he has created to this point is enough to stand back and marvel at. Although a harsh critic of his own music, there is a lot to be a proud of not only on this album but in his discography as a whole. We look forward to hearing what’s next up for our listening pleasure. We salute you!

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“Transientalism” Consistently Delivers the Post-Rock Splendor

Nocturnal Omissions has shown the world his ability to create engaging, moving instrumental tracks in several albums leading up “Transientalism.” See how it fits into his overall discography by checking out the album below:

Originally recorded in 2018, mixed in 2019, and remastered for rerelease in 2020, “Transientalism” is an amalgamation of recordings and ideas from various countries, digital workstations, dreams, and possibly nightmares. Dealing with the personal trauma of work, relationships, a constant travel schedule, and overall mental health unraveling into a downward spiral, the album served as an obsession to keep Nocturnal Omissions’ brainchild Vallen Daniels going when everything seemed lost. Although the album was marred by overt challenges and obstacles to overcome, they were perhaps necessary in order to keep the man behind the music alive.

This doesn’t mean the music itself is a hodgepodge of inconsistent muses. Far from it. The traction of the album flows from one interesting groove to another, continuing the rocking instrumentals mixed with electronic elements found in previous albums such as “Ascendant Sea.” The songs here explore music at its pure core, from melodious compositions to appealing arrangements. Nothing is too over the top or out of place for shock value, nor is anything bland or uninspired. “Transientalism” is about being dependable and offering what we came here looking for.

The opening track is “A Calling” and features lush and lively instruments as if a full band was in the recording booth. Nice vocal overlays add to the majesty of the track as noteworthy guitar stylings and symphonic backdrops add a classic feel to the overall chill vibe. “Fashion Week in Paris” sounds like dance music made for a dazzling runway show. The beat will have you nodding your head but there’s still a dash of mystery to the synth. The mid-song breakdown makes you feel like the spotlight is on you and it’s time to move to the sensual beat. The first half is more open and optimistic, while the second half is more intimate and vivacious. The song keeps transforming, leading into the rollicking jungle beat to close things off.

“Cross Checking” is epic and will have you raising your flag, ready to barge straight into enemy lines. A very passionate blend of pounding drums, stirring strings, and oriental-inspired imagery. It’s a standout track due to how different it is.

Songs like “Takeoff” and “Outreach” are light, expressive and all about fun. Synth leads take a hold of the reins as standout basslines get you off your feet to dance. There are many textures that fill the space between the notes in these groovy numbers. “In the Air” experiments with off-key electronics to provide an ethereal soundscape to get lost in. The song conjures up feels of getting stuck inside a hallucination filled with synthesizers, scratchy guitars, and endless possibilities.

The latter half of the album is filled with solid undertakings that complement each other neatly. “Waiting” is a hip, modern banger doused in synth-wave waters. “International Lounge” includes rolling drums accompanied by funky guitars. “Gate Closing” is the soundtrack to a midnight freeway getaway scene. It transitions into a breakdown with a room-filling big bass presence and nature-inspired percussion. These songs all have their own identity yet sound better when played in sequence.

Overall, it’s hard-hitting to imagine these uplifting songs came from a creator pondering whether his life was soon to be over at the time. The album is a testament that through resiliency, hard work, and deep diving into the creative crevices of the mind, a work of art can be ironed out and fully imagined. Whenever you’re feeling down, play “Transientalism” to get lifted back up.

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“Ascendant Sea” is a Great Travel Album for the Road

As more people become familiar with Nocturnal Omissions’ music, they’ll soon learn that each release has its own identity and artistic agenda. The 2019 release of “Ascendant Sea” is an interesting album, as each song had a geographic place that influenced it. Check out the album below:

Hearing this album directly after Nocturnal Omissions’ 2006 album “Divine Atrocities” is a bit jarring as they sound from two completely different artists. Where the former was the music to a late-night rave, the latter is the dawn of crisp, Spring day, just as the Eastern horizon fills with sunlight. Every song thereafter represents the backdrop between destinations on a road trip of audio delight.

“Aural Turbulence” is a rocking intro and lets us know we’re in for something new. The sinister tone is dark and edgy with lots of flavor in the drum mix. Midway through, electronica elements are thrown into the fray reminiscent of dubstep that is sure to ramp up the crowd at a festival. The track is somewhat of an anomaly, as the rest of the album is less reliant on pronounced synth leads.

“International Dateline” has a killer groove and nicely layered guitars provide a robust driving force. It’s the perfect song to roll down the window to and let the breeze flow through your hair. Nocturnal Omissions demonstrates he is talented at writing music with all kinds of instruments, such as the piano undertones that add sophistication to this tune. “Alpine Train” presents a mid-tempo, synth-laden ambiance to relax to with an atmosphere that is other worldly and a perfect vibe for a cocktail on the beach. The groove continues hard here due to the catchy percussion. This song could work well as background music for a travel documentary–and that’s what “Ascendant Sea” is as its core. The theme of traveling is strong and the focus isn’t on where we’re going, but the journey itself.

“Cascading Mountains” sounds 80s retro with its razor edge synth bass. The song has a fast tempo to keep you jovial yet the chord progressions give off mystifying-induced feelings. The guitar strums add a nice touch to this delightful ear treat.

One of the standout tracks is “Casa De Cielo,” as it’s another example of well-done mixing and mastering to make all the instruments sound clear and have their moment to shine. The string arrangement is a pleasant touch and takes the song to the next level. And we can’t forget about “Cruising Altitude,” which features funky guitar lines—the best on the album.

Overall, the tracks work well in sequence, offering very rhythmic beats, multi-layered guitars, and head-bobbing baselines. With inspiration coming from artists such as Tycho, TigerMilk (from Mainline Entertainment), Fleetwood Mac and No More Nations, the songs themselves are upbeat, though they can be subdued at times with piano and keyboard leads that offer a more contemplative approach. Each song provides distinct sounds on this unique trip and when it’s all done, you’ll remember every stop along the way. Next time you’re going cruising, listen to “Ascendant Sea” on your way to freedom.

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Nocturnal Omissions’ “Divine Atrocities” is a Blast from the Past

Nocturnal Omissions is a one-man solo electronic project whose music has been largely unknown for too long. Originally releasing albums as Soundcloud exclusives, a deal was inked to re-release their internet-only albums to be available on all streaming services. One of those albums, “Divine Atrocities,” released in 2006, has been remastered and is now available as a pandemic re-release. Feast your ears on “Divine Atrocities” below:

The album begins with “Gloomy,” a demo that shrouds itself in a relaxing vibe layered with sweet synths and melodic keys pulsating in an upbeat tempo. The spacey ambiance sets the tone of the album and for what’s to come. “Mitigate” picks up the heat and rhythms with a stringy, spider web of a synth that would fit right at home at a neon-sprayed rave. The production is clean with vibrant beats bouncing off the ears as each instrument has its own space to shine. The song makes you want to get lost in the hypnotic sensation of body-moving beats.

Clearly at this point in the album, Nocturnal Omissions has been laser focused on presenting high-definition sound with top notch mastering. The 2006 days of iPods and mp3s are long gone. Audiophiles want their pristine sounds and with “Divine Atrocities,” they’re getting them.

“Puerile” is ready to be the backdrop of an intense Matrix battle scene as it burns through all expectations. Strong, moving, engaging and ultimately a hazard when played at full volume, this track will take your sensory perception of reality and smash it into pieces. Everything you knew before is no longer real and you’re left feeling exhausted by the end–but ready for more. “Copasetic” is so far the catchiest track of the album, with an invigorating hook that doesn’t let go. A crowd pleaser for a packed party house, this song will have you clapping hard and performing moves on the dance floor you never knew you had. Give in to the groove and learn more about yourself than you ever have before with this song.

It’s at this point in the album we realize that Nocturnal Omissions can continue to keep his songs interesting and evolving. The tracks are dynamic, from keeping the beat going to building up tension, ultimately giving you what you want even if you didn’t know you wanted it.

“Distemper” is dark, mysterious, and so far, the wildest of the tracks. Along with moving your body, your head will bob with attitude as you strut your way down this futuristic runway. Strike a pose and feel yourself become connected to this body-clenching beat. The breakdown perks the ears up and keeps you on your toes, and soon those toes will return to slamming the dance floor in moments. “Febrile” is an outer space song brought to us by aliens from their progressive trance planet. They have used this song to abduct listeners to joining their mesmeric army. A unique, albeit short experience, the track deviates just enough to separate it from the rest of the bunch.

The album is a snapshot of the good ol’ days of MySpace and what is was capable of possessing. There’s no posing here. It’s all about solid writing, recording, and producing sound waves to make the listener feel alive. A whole new generation will be able to experience Nocturnal Omissions trance world, with good timing too, as clubs continue to open. Let’s get these tracks added onto your favorite DJ’s playlist. Here’s to the final stretch of the album. Hold on tight.

“Captious” comes blasting in on full throttle, destroying all buildings in its path. The song is in your face and won’t leave until it leaves it fully electrified. You will be left sweating, out of breath, and out of words after this electro body number hits the speakers. Heavy synths layered with melodic undertones make for a truly sublime experience. “Funambulism” is bizarre and enchanting all at once. You’ll feel underground and in space simultaneously. Your body won’t know which way to move. Your mind won’t know what’s going–it also doesn’t want to know. Let loose. The rhythm will take over and there’s nothing you can do to stop it.

“Funambulism” – Personal favorite!

“Anointed Sea of Misery” presents a mid-tempo rocking beat accompanied with synth arpeggios roaming in the wild. This is one of the more introspective songs on the albums. It’ll leave you wondering if you are who you really say you are. Lively and strangely comfortable, this song is a nice change of pace from the previous head bangers. “Uninspired” is an epilogue to close out this journey of highs and hardly any lows. A nice way to let your heart rate return to normal.

Overall, “Divine Atrocities” is an impressive feat that was almost lost in time. As more artists look to expand forward, it’s important to look back to see what pioneers in the independent landscape did in their heyday. This album is cohesive in nature yet delves down many different creative paths, touching upon all the key cornerstones of the EDM genre and stretching them into new dimensions.

The Artist has been in the dark for too long. Time to embrace the spotlight. Hear more of Nocturnal Omissions on Bandcamp, YouTube, Spotify and his website.

SolAce’s “Rearranging” is Both Passionate and Inspiring

Music artist SolAce has recently released his latest track “Rearranging” featuring a vocal duet with Rosemary La Posta. Check out the creative ballad below:

The song begins with a piano intro that sets the tone for a melancholy story to take place. SolAce’s voice comes in strong and with passion, clearly expression the pain found in the lyrics. Combined with Rosemary’s silky-smooth vocals, the vocal duet is both compelling in sound and brave in meaning. The concept of fading love is one that many can relate to, and the lyrics express this very vividly. Every relationship has its ups and downs, and SolAce captures these deep feelings into imaginative words, ultimately deciding that compromise, trust, and rearranging is the answer to resolving fading love.

“Why do our feelings fade away? / I love you with all my heart / So why must life tear us apart / And end as though we didn’t start?”

The vocal delivery perfectly showcases the lyrical content and makes the listener reflect on their own connection to someone else. The song presents a tough subject matter yet offers a sense of hope that there is light on the other end of the tunnel.

The accompanying music video matches the song’s tone and shows how splitting apart can cause anguish. There is intense imagery displayed through the acting as well as in the symbolism shown. In the video, SolAce’s character receives an acceptance letter to a university but his partner doesn’t share his same excitement. Could this be fading love or is she sad he has to fly away to another state? The complexity in their dynamic bond is illustrated very well and lends itself to multiple views to fully grasp the overall meaning. The storytelling is provocative and visually pleasing, culminating in a work of art that is profound and heartfelt.

We look forward to seeing more videos and hearing more music from SolAce in the coming future. Check him out on TikTok, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and his website.