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MUNDAL, ARE - Compilation Vol. 1

Format: do-CD
Label & Cat.Number: Telesterion Records 008
Release Year: 2023
Price (incl. 19% VAT): €15.00

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"I thought the name Are Mundal sounded familiar in my sometimes confused state of mind. It turns out I had him confused with somebody with an immensely different name. Maybe the name sounded too familiar with Gary Mundy of Ramleh. Never mind. Mundal released his first CD in 1996, his second as a CDR in 2007 and since 2020, two LPs and one 12". On this CD, we find those vinyl releases collected plus one 7", which isn't listed on Discogs and a bonus track. As I said, I had never heard of the man
before, and there is not a lot of information about him available, influences and instruments. I have to guess here, and I'd say this is a man armed with a sampler, electronics and a microphone, and the result is a dark soundtrack, the stuff of horror nightmares. Found voices in 'Track 1', which is the A-side of the 'Interloper' LP (the first track on the first CD), some looped, industrialized rhythm, and dark synthesizers. Gothic, perhaps, is a word that applies to this music, and usually, that's not my thing, but the more I play this, the more I like it. As I was way deep into doing other stuff at the same, these two CDs were kept in rotation for quite some time, and with every new play, I heard something new. There are long pieces on these CDs, as each LP had one track per side, and within each track, Mundal moves from one section to the next. From dark ambience to orchestral to a bit of rhythm, all along keeping the end on the ball, and that is to keep everything dark and atmospheric. Maybe at times a bit too tacky (as in: too gothic) for my taste, but throughout this dark trip was an excellent listening experience." [FdW / Vital Weekly]