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Aube Grise - Mauvais Augure (2016) - Review

Band: Aube Grise
Album title: Mauvais Augure
Release date: 1 November 2016
Label: Distant Voices

Tracklist:
01. Tes Yeux Brisés
02. Mauvais Sang
03. Sur Ma Peau
04. 1909
05. Rouge Pâle
06. Je Me Laisserai Faiblir
07. Aube Vieille
08. Tes Yeux Lassés

Aube Grise has released a limited edition CD on the french label Distant Voices called Mauvais Augure (which means 'Bad Omen' in English). The main brain and central nervous system behind the project is an elusive character by the name of Anna M.

Anna M. has been contributing to the artwork at the Distant Voices label for some time and has also released a prior limited edition cassette by the name of Feue; of which there are still a few copies left unless I am mistaken.

The album contains DSBM with an emphasis on atmosphere and some minimalistic piano sections with an overall DIY, personal sound and feel to it. One of the notable things about this album is the feminine influence which is rare in this form of music. The female vocals especially add a flavour to the music that is a break from the norm. Shrieking and harsh, the vocals induce dark atmosphere and isolation, another lost soul screaming at the void. There are also some clean vocals from guest artist Thomas Bel which contrast with the intensity of Anna's vocals. The music generally revolves around a central rudimentary riff or arpeggios and simple drum patterns which are built upon to create atmosphere in a 'less is more' kind of way. Although the instrumental execution is nothing outstanding, the resulting ambience more than makes up for it. The more chaotic sections often fall away back to just a single guitar or keys playing to great effect. The use of ambient field recordings and dynamic song structure adds an unexpected level of sophistication to the music.

Sighted as influences to her piano work are composers such as Debussy, Erik Satie and Arvo Pärt. Certainly no qualms there. The simplistic ambient piano sections really add extra dimensions to the music while creating a film noir sort of theme to contrast with the black metal madness without breaking character. The sound of stilettos walking across a polished wooden floor captures an aura that is intrinsically mysterious, dark, feminine and French. This combined with minimalist piano is certainly reminiscent of the feelings created by ambient masters such as Satie.

An artistic endeavour which combines the visceral with the ethereal, the feminine with the masculine and the crude with the refined; all to great effect. A fine delicacy for the low key black metal aristocrat.

Review written by: Evceles
Rating: 7,5/10

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Band: Hidden By Ivy
Album title: Acedia
Release date: 4 September 2015
Label: Alchera Visions

The musical output of Hidden By Ivy is hard to put in brackets, but what those two artists do is certainly giving some shivers down the spine with their incredible sense to compose refined and highly emotive music. There are found many different elements, from post-rock basis, to incredible subtle layers of dark wave, art pop, gothic elements, shoegaze, even cold wave, ambient, some jazz, a bit of folk and yet much more, everything put together into such an exquisite melancholic flow of refreshing meditative sounds. Acedia is a blistering attack for your senses. It has so much emotion, meditative soundscapes, melancholic catchy melodies and heartrending vocal arrangements that is hard not to be overwhelmed by it. Those constant variations in sound and intriguing art pop/rock compositional elements used all over are certainly making this album one of a kind. There's that vintage influence present, but the album sounds still very modern and fresh, also because of a genious production and final mix. Every single song, like as well the album as a whole has that hard to obtain pathos which captivates the listener from the start till the end and makes the one wanting to return for more.

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