Saturday, May 30, 2020
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Artist: Kevin Drumm
Title: Trouble
Format: CD
Label: Editions Mego (@)
Rated: *****
Besides his "Necro Acoustics" series, the pencil-sketched draw, which resembles the typical iconography of death pointing his bony finger at an undefined disk, on a page of a notebook, as well as the sneaking strategy that the very subtle sound of this 54-minutes lasting one track album by Chiacago-based experimental musician Kevin Drumm reminded me of my recent readings, in particular a moment of the very interesting monologue of the prince of Saurau in Thomas Bernhard's masterpiece "Gargoyles" where this mysterious character says that the world is the school of death after a bitter reflection on society. Besides any possible interconnections, this release, which cannot be properly filed under neither ambient nor drone, deeply sneaks into listener's mind by means of distant whisper-like evanescence and occasional menacing low frequencies which rise from the entrancing sub-etheric waves like an ephemeral blast of warm in the freezing embrace of the silence. Just like a troubling thought that silently permeates consciousness, the thin ghostly microwaves, which feature the entire length of this eerie sonic output, keep on resounding in listener's mind even when it temporarily stop in the middle of the recording.