At least for my taste, there’s not much better than hearing extremely deep, cavernous, and at some points, scary, black ambient. No, not dark ambient. This is black and bleak. Morego Dimmer (Xerxes The Dark himself) composes a lot of top-quality material, but I feel like he’s begun to hit the peak of his powers. I can say without hesitation that Iran is the place to watch for this strain of electronic music.
Yann Rouquet is a composer out of Paris, France, who surprised me with a very short, but very relaxed, subdued and rather charming EP of ambient music with a cinematic bent. There seems to be a lot of it around, and I quite like that.
I look forward to hearing Yann develop these concepts further into longer albums.
A nice, mellow surprise out of India. aswekeepsearching are a post-rock band out of Pune. The band’s sound reminds me of something with a calming, cinematic feel which is complemented with a rock music structure underneath. Quite enjoyable.
Although seeing this listed as doom metal in the tags, it seems that the brilliant album by the New York-based group Witnesses is more cinematic in nature. The cover art, from a dark, foggy Gotham City-esque setting, gives you a great idea as to what kind of music you should be in for, and this did not disappoint.
2019 is off to a flying start!
Several of my favorite musicians and/or composers are quite actively broadening their catalogs, and our old friend, Abquexa (among his many aliases) has returned to the blog with a disc that could be described as ‘avant-pop’. The tunes fit the normal song structure, but the weirdness in each track makes for very intriguing listening.