“Formed by Glaciers,” by Kubbi is an entrancing blend of sounds. The artist’s simple Spotify biography “transcendental nostalgic” is highly accurate. While much of the album Ember is rather upbeat and chip-tuney (a great thing, I might add), “Formed by Glaciers is a wonderfully calm and retrospective track.
The final track on Ember, this song is 7 minutes and 38 seconds long, and every second of it is composed perfectly. It’s like something out of a surreal and epic movie.
The beginning of the track is quiet and contemplative with no percussion, but only soft and simple piano. After a minute and a half, some simple and deep percussion takes foot. The succeeding minutes build additional instrumentation atop each other and very gradually grow in volume until they break for the calm before the storm. This little process occurs in several small segments until the song reaches its apex at around 6:30.
The Ember is primarily instrumental, “Formed by Glaciers” has mystifying vocalization that floats above the instrumentation. Organic sound effects such as wind and water are also heard, particularly when listening with higher quality devices such as in-ear monitors and/or high fidelity devices.
The parent album of this track, Ember, is a beautiful and comprehensive album that will satisfy nearly any mood you find yourself in. Happy, sad, rushed, apprehensive, or retrospective, you’ll find something for your state in Ember.