Drone Records
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Format: LP
Label & Cat.Number: Beta-Lactam Ring Records mt043
Release Year: 2003
Note: ed. of 333 copies
Price (incl. 19% VAT): €17.50

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Der Meister dunkel-dramatischer Drone- und Noise-Sphren berrascht hier mit einem sehr ruhigen, fast schon meditativen Werk, und dem real time-Einsatz von Instrumenten (Bass, Akkordeon, Melodica). Geblieben sind die untergrndige Spannung, die dunkle Atmosphre und die Mehrschichtigkeit seiner Klangalchemie. This sounds like healing darkness! Klappcover, schweres Vinyl.

... 'Deluge' is actually a surprising departure from previous explorations as the tones are generated by real live instruments (bass guitar, accordian & melodica) as played by a real live Menche. The rumbly counterpoint that so well defines Menche's sensibilities is still there, but is played against, initially, a seering wall of D sharp that is built from what sounds like an extended bowing (ala Stephen Scott's monofiliment attacks on piano interiors, but more as if conducted by Dumitrescu). The latter piece is a beautiful and playful exercise with a bellowed instrument. A solid droning G has a conversation with quietly modulated tones above (angels?) and soft porcine bassy throbs below (fat angels?). Maybe akin to later Nigel Ayers or Soliloquey era Nurse, but the precedings are distinctively Menchian, and the last piece breaks down so sublimely that I found myself listening to just the end part over and over again. I'll do that sometimes when I've had too much coffee... [from the press release]