Ecka Liena & Spheruleus
Mapping The Boundary Layer 

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That “Mapping the Boundary Layer” is defined in scientific terms as the closest atmospheric layer to earth comes as no surprise. The album approximates the sound of natural weather patterns that happen to be flecked with human interference, hinting at the mysterious movements and activities of the world just above us. Ekca Liena and Spheruleus aptly channel this concept as the two musicians methodically intertwine layers of hiss, static, and indefinable sonic drift. Soft plucks, whispering bells, and violin vibrations occasionally make an appearance, but it is more to underline and augment the obscured and murky haze than to overtake any of the ten pieces on “Boundary Layer.” Ekca Liena and Spheruleus nicely invert this formula on “Summing Elements” with audible vocals and looping zither lines, but overall the album’s central component is, fittingly, subtle shifts in atmosphere. – Ryan Potts, Experimedia