Secrets of a Melting Moon is A Slow Descent's fourth overall release. It is an EP that continues the storyline of Dance With Me Upon His Secret Ocean, ASD's first release. While this album is conceptually a continuation of Dance With Me, it is not meant to be a "return to roots" or anything like that. Merely, the album builds from Dance With Me's noisy, cinematic sound into something far more dark and experimental. Secrets of a Melting Moon continues A Slow Descent's tradition of experimenting with different styles of music, with drone and noise music being the main inspirations this time. Nevertheless, the album's sound is still comparable to the artist's previous efforts, particularly the EP from which Secrets of a Melting Moon shares its concept.
Like its predecessors, Secrets of a Melting Moon is a concept album, although this time with a linear narrative storyline. The album takes place on the surface of the moon Europa, Jupiter's fourth largest satellite, several hundred years after the disastrous series of events following an unsuccessful landing that led to the disappearance of one astronaut and the untimely death of another. The album places the listener into the shoes of the disappeared astronaut who ventured into the unknown regions of the icy moon without the permission of her crew. After being frozen beneath the moon's surface for hundreds of years, the astronaut, having the ice preserving her body melt, suddenly awakens to find herself in a pool of water. Dazed and bewildered, she swims to the surface to the discover the Europa she had once to be on the brink of destruction. The ice that comprised the entire surface is melting away, with the ocean boiling behind her feet.
After reaching the surface of the moon, the receives a strange, unintelligible transmission on her radio, the source of which seems to be a massive space station barely visible in the distance. Determined to discover the source of the transmissions, she ventures across the planet's ever-melting surface, which seems to be darker and more unforgiving than ever. Upon finally reaching the space station, the astronaut is devastated to discover that it is run-down and deserted, with no signs of life anywhere. She explores the space station and discovers that it was likely build fairly recently, and once housed thousands of people. Defeated and more alone than ever, the astronaut exits the area. As she aimlessly wanders under the dark Europan sky, she can't help but want the truth behind the colonization and abandonment of the moon. Yet, she will soon the truth, and uncover a secret more terrifying than she could have ever imagined.
The download for this album includes two bonus tracks. Although download for this album is free, any and all purchases are greatly appreciated.
released August 27, 2014
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