What makes this release a definite must-have is the same reason why you visit festivals with sounds, music and sound-art. Even if you don’t know all this artists or there is a track you maybe don’t like at the beginning, it fits the release as a whole. Exploration of artistic depths and differences, very well combined by ‘His Masters Drone’, Stefan Knappe.
Perhaps it’s the time in Seattle, or the overall feel of our age that has influenced Dreissk’s work, but one cannot help but draw parallels to post-apocalyptic or dystopian imagery and thoughts when listening to the album. And any record managing to do that is a good record in my book.
The whole thing should have been recorded better. The choking frequencies on certain moments ruin the flow and atmosphere. It has it’s charm in some noise music, and certainly when it’s recorded on tape, but with a probably laptop-based recording it’s a big ‘no’.
The main style under which is should be ordered is a mixture between ethnic, ethereal, ritual, drone and ambient. If you are interested in the before-mentioned styles, and are still missing a bit of ethnic, ethereal and ritual music in your collection, this is a great release to get.
To make a long story short, an absolute “Do Try This At Home” for ambient lovers who don’t mind the progressive use of guitar and other melodic instruments, and who do know where and how ambient music started.
As a whole, this may be one of the better albums released this year and a great find for those who enjoy industrial/ambient.
There are no real dull moments and the structures and modulations are impressive enough to listen to the whole composition. But if you reach the end, there is a good chance you will think if that was it.
Ukkonen creates rounded, mellifluous and pulsing ambience structured (or deconstructed) with understated anomalies. “Erriapo” thaws the gap between minimal techno and deep house, swaying occasionally one direction or the other, but always maintaining a delicate fluidity, nurturing the in-between space it establishes.
It is hard to highlight any of the tracks from this album, as it is a uniquely amazing experience of auditory pleasure, especially for those who are synth fetishists.
All in all, “Avenger” is easily one of the must-have albums of 2011, ready to take on the newfound mainstream interest as well as keep the older followers of Hecq’s work pleased. Highly recommended.