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MENCHE, DANIEL - Deluge & Sunder

Format: CD
Label & Cat.Number: Beta-Lactam Ring Records mt137 / BLACK SERIES NEGRO 5
Release Year: 2007
Note: lim./numb/signed 350 copies - expanded re-issue of the LP-tracks with two long bonus-tracks! One of the finest MENCHE-works so far !
Price (incl. 19% VAT): €15.00

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Re-issue der DELUGE LP (2003), mit 2 Bonus-Stcken (SUNDER)! Wer die LP und / oder Menche noch nicht kennt, sollte hier zugreifen, der ideale Einstiegspunkt in sein Werk !

"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!" [Drone Records 2003]

"Daniel Menche is also a busy-bee with no less than 7 CD's released or planned for release in 2006! His latest one, Deluge and Sunder, has been released as part of BLRR's Black Series. Noisy at times but by no means classifiable as "noise" his music has a distinct quality and identity of its own. Deluge And Sunder is a re-released (remastered and expanded) of Deluge (with Sunder 1 and 2 added as bonus material). Four long tracks make up this wonderful album, which is one of Menche's best (not that I pretend to know all his works, but still). Using acoustic instruments like accordion, bass guitar and melodica) Menche weaves thick layers of processed sound, often drone-like of character but more dynamic than you'd expect. The Deluge-tracks from this album have also been made available as a limited edition vinyl LP, but the vastly expanded CD version (which is also cheaper) is the best buy." [Freek Kinkelaar, Vital Weekly]

"Black Series 5 - Ed. of 350 numbered and signed copies. A CD edition of what every D.M. fan considers his finest work to date. Remastered and expanded with a bonus album "Sunder", a follow up to "Deluge". What makes a Menche a Mensch? Well, kids, if you do not already know, the thick textural musings of Mr. Menche are more subtle and moving than those of the average power elctronic bear. Too frequently lumped in with a rather dour lot, Menche, I believe, is often misunderstood as being a darkly obsessed character, and while he does paint in chiaroscuro, his sonic assaults have much more to do with palpability than pulpability. Think of it as being assaulted...with a Pepa. '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." [press release]