Monday, May 19, 2008

Maeror Tri - Myein

Year: 1995
Genre: Cosmic Drone

... this man-size slab of ground zero Ambient hints [aptly] at concealment and secrecy and shadow and exclusion, the sweep of sandstorms around silos and the rumble of underground detonations, to the extent that even the tentative melodic praises and half-heard rhythmic patterns which start to appear in track two assume a threatening aspect. Stylish and sumptuous, yes, but beware: with just three tracks in a patience-testing 74 minutes, this is strictly buff stuff for only the most monomaniacal minimalist.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Ad Lux Tenebrae - Sketches From That Autumn

Year: 2006
Genre: Dark Ritual Ambient/Drone

The first official release of Ural project Ad Lux Tenebrae [“Towards the Light of Darkness”] consists of recordings made during “That Autumn”. The main style of Ad Lux Tenebrae’s playing is shamanic, ritual drone, dark ambient, performed [mostly] & fixed with improvised means in a hut in the midst of Ural forest. Ad Lux Tenebrae uses hand-made instruments - a violin with springs instead of strings, which is played with a bow of steel - field recordings, fixed in the forests, swamps and villages of Ural. Harp, acoustic & bass guitars, vocals & voices, as well as old recordings with folk-songs of Bashkir nation were used. Very potent & original album with strong taste of muskarine, fragrance of autumn forest and fierceful mesmerism. Edition of 132 copies, hand-numbered.