Floating In Space – The Edge Of The Light

6 Production
8 Composition
8.5 Mood
7.5 Instrumentation

Floating In Space’s “The Edge of the Light” is the instrumental debut for Ruben Caballero, who recorded, mixed, and mastered the entire album on his own. His special brand of piano-based cinematic post-rock makes for a perfect fit in Deep Elm Digital’s library, along with the likes of Lights & Motion.

RELEASE DATE: 14 October 2016  LABEL: Deep Elm Digital

The album sweeps across every conceivable emotion with ease, cinematic showmanship at the forefront of his every passage. The attitude of the album is almost throttling, traversing from mellow and pensive, to aggressive and intense in a heartbeat. It’s very evocative music, and it does its job well. Every song has me thinking of some epic journey through space and time, like every track is its own story. However, that does tend to work against itself, since it doesn’t really have any sort of cohesive feeling throughout the album. I would have preferred a little bit more of a theme from such a theatrical album.

The twinkly guitars, hopeful piano pieces, and violins just scream cinema. Every song sounds like it comes from Inception, Pirates of the Caribbean, Star Wars, or even video games like Skyrim, Halo, or the Witcher series. But that’s just the thing: It could belong just about anywhere. It doesn’t have a set attribute, it just sort of feels a bit plain.

The composition, aside from the generic tendencies, is quite good. Ruben knows just when to put what where. Everything hits all the right notes. From the violins in ‘First Dawn’ to the electronic layering in ‘Confessions’ it all just clicks into place so perfectly.

It’s a tough album to review, really. Critically, it has some faults that are difficult to overlook. But as a listener I get so caught up in the sonic splendor that I simply don’t care. In the end, I guess that’s what matters most.

One-man post-rock projects seem to be increasingly popular, but that only serves to make it harder to be noticed in this special niche of an already niche genre. I have every confidence that Floating In Space will have no issue finding its own fans on Deep Elm Digital, but I also have doubts about him keeping his fans if he doesn’t search within himself to discover what sets him apart. I know it’s in there, I can’t wait to find out what it is.

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