Friday, November 10, 2023

Valle Doering - And Other Strange Songs From The Remote Planets [Umland Records 082]

Put out on the circuit via the Essen-based Umland Records label as their 082 on October 27th, 2k23 is "And Other Strange Songs From The Remote Planets", the latest, six tracks and 39 minutes spanning album release conceived by Leipzig's Valle Doering. Recorded and composed on a uniquely electrified and more than a century old harmonium which has been enhanced with a set of 25+ microphones to fully suit the artists needs Doering embarks on a journey into the outer fringes of the audible spectrum with the slow tectonic textural shifts of the heavily Dark Ambient-infused opener "Physical Truth" and its almost physical presence before bringing forth minimalist, later densely layered, somewhat maritime Synth Ambient pads and experimental, early electronic music resembling, slightly retrofuturist sci-fi bleeps as well as sinewave transmissions with "Equal Wages" followed by the floating, enchanted etherealisms of "Balancing Burden" which later evolve into solemn, yet dramatic Synth x (Neo)Cosmic landscapes of epicly cinematic qualities. The subsequent "Cracks In Circles" caters 133 seconds of ever shifting digital Noize transmissions and technical, almost robotic signals whilst the 11+ minutes long main piece "Fading Heritage" brings forth a stream of calm, majestic and peaceful Ambient harmonies accompanied by a whirling maelstrom of greyscale'ish, outerdimensional signals seeping through from the upside down whereas "Breathing The Same Air" provides full closure and relief with an euphoric, almost ecclesiastical compositions that might even speak to fans and followers of Classical and x or Church Music. Great stuff, this.


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