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Artist: AALFANG MIT PFERDEKOPF
Title: Fragment 36
Format: 7"
Label: Drone Records
Rated: *****
First and allegedly last ever vinyl for Mirko Uhlig's surreal drone project after the nice cdr on Mystery Sea, to which this sounds like a sort of follow up and darker counterpart at the same time. Still very "massive" and blurred like the MS disc (and quite unlike Uhlig's first solo cdr which I'll review straight after), I venture this is based on guitar-generated drones too, though a glockenspiel can be spotted on the flipside. "Part A" is quite ominous and oppressive, and reminded me of Troum's darker incursions into the subconscious side of human mind. "Part O" is more expanded and serene, with warmer tones in the standard Aalfang psychedelic way. Green/yellow marbleized vinyl and hand-painted watercolour covers.
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Artist: CLOSING THE ETERNITY
Title: Northern Lights Ambience
Format: 7"
Label: Drone Records
Rated: *****
Off the recent Drone output, this is surely my favourite ep, and a very nice surprise from this Siberian project, which had previously released some cdrs I haven't listened to. The press release defines this as "Aurora Borealis-Drones" which is surely an effective way to put it, also considering that the two pieces allegedly contain "northern lights soundings". I still wonder what they are: magnetic disturbances, maybe? Anyway, both tracks are very powerful, hypnotic and well constructed though using minimal means, i.e. synth tones and the above mentioned noises. Dark hlue vinyl and CRAZY packaging with a laser-cut metal logo (!).
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Artist: IN MEDITARIUM
Title: Mare Internum
Format: 7"
Label: Drone Records
Rated: *****
In Meditarium belongs to the Ukrainian Dark Syndicate, along with other dark ambient projects like First Human Ferro, Filivs Macrocosmi, etc., and has a few cdr releases under its belt. This Drone 7" ep honestly hasn't impressed me at all: the two tracks, "Regina Solitaria" and "Regina Silentia", are standard dark/cosmic ambient pieces without much edge, and flow away without leaving any lasting impression. Not bad, but nothing to write home about either.
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Artist: LUNAR ABYSS DEUS ORGANUM
Title: Brusnika
Format: 7"
Label: Drone Records
Rated: *****
Drone Records boss Stefan Knappe surely has a penchant for underground Russian outfits, which have dominated his catalogue in recent times. Kudos to him for this work of talent scouting (so to speak). Lunar Abyss, if I'm not wrong, is a project slightly changing its name with each release. "Veet Vecher" is an upsetting mix of concrete sounds (a crackling fire?) and deep drones, while the flipside, "Zagnuli Zeveri Vse", is slightly more light-hearted,with ethnic chants and electronic throbs giving way to a final part with just synth sounds. Hand-painted covers and coloured vinyl.
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Artist: THO-SO-AA
Title: Dying Reveal
Format: 7"
Label: Drone Records
Rated: *****
German project Tho-So-Aa is probably quite well-known to dark ambient fans thanks to their few previous recordings - I remember "Minus" was particularly nice. The title track of this Drone vinyl features some melancholic synth patterns disturbed by noisy hisses and half-buried vocal samples (voices, children cries...). The same elements basically form the flipside, "The Undefined", along with pitch-shifted vocals and an unexpected looped melody which even reminded me of Philip Jeck. All in all, this is a sturdy release, using tastefully the classic dark ambient ingredients.
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