Reviews | By Beach Sloth
murmer | songs for forgetting
Quite surreal murmer explores the ignored small sounds that occupy life on “song for forgetting”. Merging elements of ambient and field recordings these are pieces that at times recall the raw industrial edge of early Zoviet*France albums. Within these pieces murmer forgoes melody and rhythm for something much looser. Almost improvisational in their approach the way that the songs evolve has a life-like cryptic element to it. By taking on this tact murmer creates layer upon layer of sound that interact in a plethora of unexpected strange ways. Things open up with the tiny sounds of “Another Song For Forgetting”. Setting the tone for what follows the sounds seem to be living, breathing creatures, small bursts of their breath emerges out of the sonic ether. []


Mikel R. Nieto | Dark Sound
Mikel R. Nieto’s “Dark Sound” truly has love for its surroundings. Quite soothing in its exploration of the great unknown this is a field recording from the night when all else remains silent. Throughout the piece the attention to detail feels incredible as literally every last possible detail is amplified in full. Edits are done with the utmost of care and consideration as the many variations of the sound feel alive. Layering is done in an intricate way that emphasizes the importance of the smallest elements to celebrate those elements of an aural environment that so often go completely overlooked. The smallest sounds are given great care. Raindrops find their intrepid way into the mix without overwhelming the rest of the balance. []


Serene and surreal Roland Etzin’s “Sonic Drawings” offer compelling looks at otherworldly terrains. Over the course of the album Roland Etzin explores the mystical within the mundane. Regular experiences are filtered through a wide variety of distortions, disorientations, and otherwise reconfigured beyond recognition. Featuring such a wide swath of styles Roland Etzin offers a unique take on the art of field recordings allowing them to become something entirely different. Sounds bounce off of each other resulting in entirely different soundscapes in which nothing is quite as it seems. Easily the highlight of the album is the majesty of “Garten”. Within this singular piece Roland Etzin allows for a single drone to embody everything. This drone feels akin to a gigantic symphony. []

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