Sleep Research Facility | Nostromo
Ultra deep ambience, based on the first 8 minutes of the movie ‘Alien’ which depicts the deep space haulage vessel slowly moving through the void. The disc takes you through a slow trip into the ship via tracks DECK A – E, deeper and deeper into the bowels of the ‘Nostromo’. Colossal dark ambience from the abyss, with beautiful artwork that evokes the sinister atmosphere of the ship. ‘Nostromo’ was reissued in December 2007 with bonus track ‘Narcissus’.
Bonus 2007 Edition Track:
Sleep Research Facility | Nostromo
Shirt for the classic SRF album “Nostromo”. Double sided, white on black heavyweight shirt showing two angles / cutaways / blueprints of the deep-space mining ship Nostromo from the film ALIEN.
Rock-A-Rolla: “Deeply unsettling, freezing cold dark ambient, the six lengthy pieces here perfectly evoke the claustrophobia of the space vessel in Ridley Scott’s film, as the increasingly ominous sounds guide us through the ship’s various decks”
Terrorizer: “…a slow burning, dark ambient soundscape designed to chill you to the core. This album is more about atmospheric spacious horror than melody or structure, and causes a petrifying unease within its sound canvas. As we move through the Decks A-E there is an ever present sense of solitude and a sense of apprehension like something is waiting to pounce at any second. There is also an unsettling beauty in amongst all the low end pulses and distant echoes that really has to be heard to be fully appreciated. Exquisitely bleak, enjoy alone.”
Zero Tolerance: “…imagine the good ship Nostromo ploughing through the darkness of endless vacuum while a subtle sense of foreboding begins to spread and you have a handle on where Doherty is coming from. As he takes you down to the very heart of the haulage vessel, it’s apparent that this is a very quiet piece of work, and all the more unsettling as a result; Doherty deftly manipulates both sounds and silences to create a gradually intensifying feeling that something bad, very bad, is about to happen. And just like the film, Doherty knows that there’s no need to crassly spell out the danger; the horror is just knowing that it’s there – and that no-one can hear your scream. (4.5/5)”
Judas Kiss: “A work of brooding dark ambient… SleepResearch_Facility’s album interestingly focuses, not on the chest-bursting gore which everyone remembers all too well, but on the beginning of the film, the prelude to the thrills which follow. SleepResearch_Facility evoke the remorseless, amoral indifference of deep space, and that underlying feeling of tension and dread”
Plan B: “To the conscious, workaday ear it sounds like any of the thousand other amorphous, atmospheric works floating (pun intended) out there. But lie down, turn out the lights, close your eyes, and you can hear the hidden hissing and pulsing of the cosmos, the churning of the machineries that produce the abomination we call the world. Distant, dark-toned synths throb and wommm in layers that shift and transform with the speed of glaciers; sounds tremble and decay out into black infinity”
Blow Up: “Rimanendo in ambito dark ambient logico un titolo come “Nostromo” per un album che lo stesso Kevin Doherty dichiara concepito pensando ai primi otto minuti di ‘Alien’. In effetti l’album, pubblicato nel 2001 sempre da Cold Spring e da tempo irreperibile, rielabora, dilatandolo, lo stesso senso di apprensiva, disturbante attesa che permea l’inizio del film di Scott, con Sleep Research Facility che esplora la suddetta nave spaziale trascinato da masse sonore dai movimenti lenti e minimali che si dirigono verso una foce di vuoto. Cinque i movimenti, sistematicamente cristallizzati – Doherty d’altronde predilige un annichilimento emozionale che non meno adeguatamente ha illustrato poi con “Deep Frieze” dello scorso anno – in un isolazionismo claustrofobico dove la componente ambientale massicciamente prevale su quella più propriamente oscura, che trova parziale soddisfazione forse solo in A-Deck e C-Deck. La ristampa aggiunge Narcissus, ennesimo riferimento al film, che paradossalmente è il pezzo in cui la dose dark, nel prolungare il rimestare in liquami industriali di E-Deck, è più consistente.”
Gothtronic: “Slowly we move through the vessel and visit the different decks of this spaceship with its diverse nightmares deeper into the bowels of the Nostromo. Leaning on the colossal ambience from the abyss Sleep Research facility bring slow evolving dark ambient in minimalist composition with its sinister atmosphere of silent rumble. Entering the void of endless vacuum the silence grows stronger and takes you deeper in this mystic soundtrack of evolving darkness. I would like to advise to listen Nostromo on maximum volume or with headphones. Be sure no light can penetrate the room and slip away in this sweating nightmare of Sleep Research facility”.