Friday, June 5, 2020
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Artist: Daniel Menche (@)
Title: Marriage Of Metals
Format: 12"
Label: Editions Mego (@)
Rated: *****
Almost simultaneously with the release of his album Vilke', Portland-based prolific (nearly fifty releases on his bandcamp and an almost uncontrolled growth of his discography are good evidences) sound artist Daniel Menche diluted his abrasive style with a deluge of sounds he grabbed from the studio of the Venerable Showers of Beauty, a Gamelan ensemble hosted at Lewis and Clark College in his hometown that fosters artistic and musical exchanges between Javanese and Balinese culture and Portland artistic community. The compatibility or I'd better call it the marriage between Gamelan sonorities and electronics that Menche succeeds in tempering and shaping is so full-blooded that you could think such an association cannot be but elective. The wide palette of gongs, including the gigantic 'Gong Ageng" with his remarkably deep sound, and metallophones, got processed and immersed into scorching and somehow restless sonic Styx over a couple of almost 20-minutes lasting tracks. The first act of this sonci concubinage started off with a padded peal and an abrasive sneaking flux, which gradually shroud the sonic space. Its mesmerizing charge got amplified by the supplement of slenthem which soon reaches the saturation level. On the second part of "Marriage of Metals", the order of appearance of sonic inputs has been inverted and the sound of slenthem is more recognisable, but the mesmerizing effect on listeners, which are going to lapse into the slightly corrosive and somehow lulling float, is likewise absorbing and cataleptically purging.