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We know 65DaysofStatic are beautifully, brutally adept at convincing us the world’s about to end (I said as much in the review of their brilliant 2013 album, ‘Wild Light’) but ‘No Man’s Sky: Music for an Infinite Universe’ takes the heft and depth of those apocalyptic, guitar-heavy landscapes and transforms it into the most boundless album they’ve ever made.

In earlier years, they were all octane and adrenalin, bouncing build ups, breakdowns and then, later, beat-heavy electronica but their last effort (the aforementioned ‘Wild Light’) moved with a measure of force and purpose that they’ve blown out here with even more cinematic drama.

Encouraged by the incomprehensible size of the video game this album was created to complement, ‘No Man’s Sky…’ sees 65Dos constantly pushing beyond the horizon, unencumbered by a thought as nominal as a finite finish.

With 18 quintillion worlds to soundtrack, it’s a record that sets about its ceaseless vanishing point with energy and urgency as the unremitting beat of ‘Asimov’ kick-starts the march into the infinite before the first block of the sky-scraping guitar squall carves its way towards the album’s first seismic shudder.

A similarly agitated beat drives the slow focus of ‘End of the World Sun’ as it stretches and rumbles into the distance but between the discordance, a sub 3-minute trio of ‘Escape Velocity’, ‘Hypersleep’ and ‘Pillars of Frost’ feel like calm interludes, dwarfed by the double-length giants that cast cold, dark shadows. ‘Monolith’ is one such monster – all whispered danger and barely subdued menace, lurching and looming with broken, electronic energy, the clanging percussion and angry, industrial frequencies forming the lone black storm cloud in an otherwise pink sky. ‘Red Parallax’ is the other as it builds a sense of nervous anticipation before hurtling into raging, soaring guitar that’s determined to tear down the stars.

It’s left to ‘Supermoon’ to close out the album with its angels’ song, plaintive chords and guitar blast at the last providing a glorious end credit to the soundtrack of an endless game. But true to the almost inestimable concept, ‘No Man’s Sky: Soundscapes’ emerge as infinity’s encore, ‘Borealis/Contrastellar’ picking up where ‘Supermoon’ left off with those piano chords instilling a soft triumph in floating off into the unknown.

Further in, ‘Departure/Shortwave/Noisetest’ drops into the dark suspense of a mission gone wrong, blackouts and red alerts and rogue astronauts creeping through the confines; ‘NMS_exteriorAtmos1/False Suns’ is a white knuckle ride through dying stars and dark matter and ‘Outlier/EOTWS_Variation1’ is the zenith of a rocket through the earth’s stratosphere; the humbling, star-tumbling glimpse of a vast planet made to feel miniscule just for a split-second.

In many respects, it’s the beauty of the album: to provide a slither of familiarity for the countless voyages into No Man Sky’s multiple great unknowns. For those venturing into 18 quintillion worlds, it’s an ever-evolving soundscape, re-imagined and regenerated based on your every move; for those content with one, it’s an often transcendental soundtrack that stands up there with 65DaysofStatic’s best work. It’s definitely all about the journey.

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