Inspired by location and time .74 (point seven four) is a warm and animate landscape of rich atmospheres moved by a swell and pulsing of sound. With the beautiful depths and resonance of escent, the glitchy, hypnotic repetition of pulse and beat and the mellow pads of aurora, this album is a satisfying and cohesive whole, featuring the Maitreya sound that is becoming so well recognised.
What people are saying
“Simon Lomax’s third release for this specialist label, dedicated to "contemporary atmospheric music", maintains a deep ritual stasis throughout. Aside from the majestic solo violin emerging from opener "Escent" and the waning two-note pulse of "St Michael’s Tower", this is all sustained distances and rich reverberations, blurring into protracted pieces”
The Wire – Feb 2005
".74 is a carefully molded piece of slowly unfolding atmospheres and emotions, in which the ebb and flow of sound textures feels very natural. At times its hypnotizing and elevating, but also stays earthbound. Experiencing this repetitive ambient music with some occasional pulse sounds, glitch and fx’s is hard to put into words. It’s like a massage for the mind and very relaxing and holistic one as well. It especially works great when using headphones. Both production & mastering of the album are stunning, so what more can a hardcore ambient fan ask for?"
Bert Strolenberg – edition magazine
"Not unlike Biosphere’s Geir Jenssen or BJ Nilsen, Maitreya’s Simon Lomax creates moving ambient pieces which continuously develop to become ever more evocative as each track progresses, eventually building to extremely strong and pertinent collections of atmospheric moments. But his blend of atmospheric ambient relies almost entirely on electronic textures to suggest the atmospheric setting of his compositions, which results in his music often appearing more austere and isolationist.
Simon Lomax first appeared at the tail end of the nineties with From The Mothership, an album which, as well as establish his music project, Maitreya, also launched Council Of Nine, which he co-founded with graphic artist Kama Glover. Although its release remained largely confidential, From The Mothershipgenerated interest across an unusually large section of the press thanks to Lomax’s deep-space-inspired soundscapes and powerful musical narrative. Four years in the making, Maitreya’s sophomore album, Telluric Waves, was a much more adventurous and imaginative record. Abandoning space, Lomax was, with this album, bringing his project back down to Earth, providing further evidence of the uncompromising beauty of his music.
Unlike its predecessor, .74 took just a year to materialise. Inspired by location and time, Lomax appears to explore the notion of fluidity, articulating each track around a particular theme, yet putting it in relation to the rest of this record to create a consistent thread throughout.
If From The Mothership was space and Telluric Waves was Earth, .74 is undoubtedly air. With great swathes of sounds, Lomax unveils vast spaces and intimate corners on which he places subtle touches of colours, as on the melancholic opening track, Escent, on which a lonely violin adds textures to a gently moving backdrop of vaporous sounds. Elsewhere, on Pulse & Beat, he gives some relief to waves of warm analogue strings by injecting clouds of static noises and gentle rhythmic pulsations. But Lomax also at times appears to let his music drift away all by itself, as if he was taken on a hypnotic journey through to the heart of sound. From these ever-changing soundscapes, on which no external element appear to ever interfere, Lomax manages to create an extremely consistent soundtrack, which is, at times, reminiscent of mid-seventies Klaus Schulze and Tangerine Dream.
Although .74 resembles its predecessor a lot, it also confidently reasserts the scope of Maitreya and that of Lomax’s sound experimentations. Yet, because the focus is almost entirely set on the atmospheric nature of these tracks, .74fails to deliver in quite the same way as Telluric Waves, but this is not to say that it lacks depth or direction, and therefore remains overall a spectacular release."
"Simon Lomax is a producer of electronic ambient space music who, through his unique and involving music expresses a
personal global intuition. His work possesses an unparalleled sense of sonic depth and universal scale whilst exhibiting a remarkably lucid grasp of texture."