Friday, June 25, 2021

Dal:um - Similar & Different [Tak:til / Glitterbeat]

Just released as of today - June 25th, 2k21 - is "Similar & Different", the first ever album release by the Korean duo Dal:um which is exploring and expanding the possibilities of the interplay of the traditional Korean instruments known as gayageum and geomungo. Comprised of Ha Suyean and Hwang Hyeyoung Da:lum presents an approximately 37 minutes long firstling on Tak:til / Glitterbeat Records, focusing on the tender, intricate interplay of these ancient, "Similar & Different" instruments in deep, Ambient meditation whilst also going down a twangy, lively and somewhat even Desert Blues-leaning alley in the unique and touching composition that is "Pal" whereas "Trace", another big favorite of ours, meanders in well krautsy, captivating and energetic matter like a mountain river, swirling, ever hounded and with increased dynamics and intensity in what we'd describe as white water passages whilst presenting moments of stillness and peaceful panoramic beauty towards the end. If you're inte instruments like zither, dulcimer or even genres like Instrumental (Nordic) Folk you'd defo need to check this one out, even though it does come from a totally different geographic background. Well interesting!

Album artwork on Instagram!


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