Labels and Physical Releases information:
Pro CDr (Kadaath Records 2011)
Full Length Album Pro CDr out now on Kadaath Records Limited to 20 hand numbered copies with colored artwork in jewelcase
Tape (Tapemancy Recordings 2011)
Pro Tape Version on Tapemancy Recordings.
Pro tape with pro printed labels and artwork comes
in a silkscreened cloth bag with label and project logo pins (old logo)
and items for Geomancy. Limited to 30 copies.
CDr/Tape (Le Crepuscule du Soir Productions 2011)
CDr version in dvd box with poster and sealed limited to 100 copies, and limited tape version (44 hand numbered copies) Cover pro printed on both sides both versions available from Le Crepuscule du Soir Productions:
Released 2012 CDr in slipcase with color printed 2 page booklet on Smell The Stench limited to 40 copies. www.smellthestench.net
(this version is sold out)
"Water carries a variety of symbolism. Its spiritual and healing properties are seen in rites and rituals. Since times it was an intrinsic part of myths and legends in all cultural hearth. Revered and feared in equal shares. Sinking into it gives an entire change in perception – a feel of timelessness and the loss of positionality. Justin Palmieri the man behind iAMesper created with Swept Beneath The Black Waters an impressive album which succeeds to capture these feels. Sounds of water embedded in hauntingly drones move to hypnotic repetitive guitar lines, which arouse reminiscences to great film scores. Thoughtful ambiences end this epic sound collage which gives the listener great mind cinema." - kulturterrorismus.de
"i AM esper is a guitar-based drone/doom/dark ambient project founded in 2009, which has already released dozens of cassette, CDr and digital releases on numerous labels from around the globe. His output is staggering and it’s hard to know where to begin, so I’ll just start with the releases he gave me. This album has already been released in 5 editions, on 4 labels from 4 different countries. The one I have is a CDr on French label Le Crépuscule Du Soir, which came in a DVD amaray case with a poster of the cover art.
True to the concept of the album’s title, the first track is called “Sinking”, and it chronicles our descent into the dark sea, complete with water sounds. The three middle tracks form the titular “Swept Beneath The Black Waters” suite. The first part habitates a dark, somber, meditative zone, while the second is more graceful, but still bleak and soul-crushing. The way it manages to be so expressive while being so quiet and minimal is truly remarkable. As soon as it ends, however, the third part demolishes everything with slow doom-metal chords. As with the first two parts, it inhabits its space for over 10 minutes, then clears the way for the next track to do something entirely different. The album ends with “Emerging”, which lifts us out of the dark waters, but not out of the darkness.
While I’m still making my way through the i AM esper catalogue, releases such as this are already enough to convince me that this is a remarkable project." - Foxy Digitalis www.foxydigitalis.com/foxyd/?p=34929
"Originally dropped in the summer of '11, this album has been rereleased by different labels no more than three times, which is testament to the quality of the music contained here. If you've been paying attention to my past few reviews of i AM esper's work, you've read about a shift in sound and imagery. Well, Swept Beneath The Black Waters is that missing link; the transitional piece documenting the shift from one incarnation of the project to another. Driven by guitar, the tracks vary from distant, minimalistic ambient to jarring drone. Excellent for the music in and of itself, the album is doubly important because it documents the metamorphosis of i AM esper." - gerauschkrieg.blogspot.com