Umbilicus Maris

by Gydja

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Danica Swanson Abby Helasdottir delivers dreamlike, mesmerising dark atmospheres of sonic ebb and flow where acquatic themes abound. Dense soundscapes billow forth, offering a paean to the elemental spirits and mysterious creatures of the deep earth and waters. My favourite Gydja album! Listen, and immerse yourself. Favorite track: Beyond the Earth's Edge.
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Umbilicuis Maris was originally released on the Mystery Sea label in 2007. Long sold out, it is being made available here.

Reviews of the release can be found here:

"Nec satis procul ab hoc de quo praemisimus litore, contra occidentalem partem, profundissima aquarum illa vorago est, quam usitato nomine maris umbilicum vocamus. Quae bis in die fluctus absorbere et rursum evomere dicitur, sicut per universa illa litora accedentibus ac recedentibus fluctibus celeritate nimia fieri comprobatur.

Not very far from this shore of which we have spoken, towards the western side, on which the ocean main lies open without end, is that very deep abyss of waters which we call 'the navel of the sea'. It is said twice a day to suck the waves into itself and spew them out again."

- Paulus Diaconus (Historia gentis Langobardorum)

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released February 26, 2013

Composed and recorded by Gydja throughout 2005
Mixed by Abby Helasdottir, November-December 2005
Artwork by Chalkdc/Daniel Crokaert


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