Void Vanishing is Qurious s brand new album. Qurious is the surprising collaboration between a hip-hip producer/sample collagist (Mike Netland) and a vocal texturist/muli-instumentalist (Catherine Quesenberry). Since winter 2009, the pair has taken up casting a sonic net over the patrons of the Atlanta and Athens music scenes. Whether from headphones or on stage, one is inevitably caught spellbound. The siren-like vocals which lay atop the depths of keyboard/sample-based aural tapestries capture intellects and sway those fleshy physical forms into dance. With compositions as various and interesting as their subject matter, Qurious challenges audiences to follow them through the melodic looking-glass, venturing into a more cerebral listening experience. Summoning nature-inspired soundscapes in their premiere concept-album: Planet Plant, the group built an enthralling narrative of terrestrial imagery encapsulated in otherworldly vision. The piece served as a brilliant introduction to the band and landed them a Creative Loafing title: Best Ambient Composers of 2011. Keeping things inquisitive as always, the group can be expected to evolve their enigmatic and sexy brand of auditory escape. The hesitant melodies, atmosphere, and defining structure on which the first half of the song ( Rubies ) builds strength are clearly nods to the works of Erik Satie, particularly his 1888 composition Trois Gymnopédies. It s a bit of a break from the abstract environmental studies and fluid movements of anything that Qurious has released in the past, but the tonal and compositional elegance that we ve come to expect from the duo at the heart of it all, Catherine Quesenberry and Mike Netland, are unmistakable. The shift that happens midway is an intriguing break that brings the group back into form, somewhat, and the underlying theme that ties it all together is the use of blank space yet another nod to Satie s minimal approach. Go back and give a listen to anything the group has done in the past, and there s pronounced dose of reverb and delay strung throughout and layered on in varying degrees. It s gone here, and in its absence the spaces between chord shifts, notes, melodies, et al. both highlight the myriad textures and effects that are at work here, without drawing too much attention to them, or relying on them to carry the mood. Chad Radford / Creative Loafing Void Vanishing showcases Qurious taking their sound to the next level. Void Vanishing nine tracks at first listen sound much darker and damper than Planet Plant , but upon further listens one will realize that Void Vanishing is more refined and lush. Deep synthesizer explorations have resulted in intricate beats and melodies meshed with exploratory textural environments.