Out of the Drone. 6 Rumbling Albums

Experiencing the drone. Image by lunamontem

Drone may come from various domains. Sheer electronic, experimental, field recordings, or even acoustic one. In this episode, we are going to touch several of these domains, enjoying the forms which drone arrives in.

1. Growing โ€“ Diptych (2021)

๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ This opus leads us to a dimensionless galaxy, where we can easily stay for a while in a dissolved state, watching the stars and quasars rushing on their ways. This project, established by Kevin Doria and Joe DeNardo, formerly accompanied by other participants, emits a perfect drone, sometimes light ambient, in other moment happening to be thick and massive experimental stuff. Only two track, but how enormous they are. One can say that each of them is an endless musical Moebius Strip and we wouldn’t argue.

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2. Sloth Cult – Every Ism Ends In Cannibalism (2021)

๐Ÿ This project comes from an unknown land, and the author is anonymous as well. Nevertheless, the music that you’ll hear induces a very special mood. Feel captured by a a strange version of reality hidden somewhere at the back of your memory and imagination. Time paused and breath is held. Tiny vibrations are passing throughout this world. Followed by vague voice, they are surrounding you as the compositions change. However, it seems a single story delivered with the help of weird sounds.

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3. Muggle โ€“ Some Shapes (2021)

๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ณ Another dimension of drone comes from Zhangjiajie, China. This piece indicates the advantages of sheer experimental music. Thus synthetic sound can be organically enriched by noises, samples and even post-rock atmosphere. The title for this work, selected by the band, alludes not only to the sound structures that a listener is going to meet and taste. Another thing is an ongoing evolution subjected to difficulties and stresses, the one we face and live through, with continuing pandemic and events that we couldn’t imagine before.

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4. On The Road To Jericho โ€“ Demeter EP (2021)

๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Now steering the wings to Santiago, Chile. Here, we are getting exposed to even more solid and voluminous post-rock with significant drone ambience. Lovely atmospheric soundscapes are represented by two compositions and relatively short interlude. They talk about epicenter of the Apocalypse. Who knows, possibly this is right, especially when mentioning dissonance in the self-titled track, which is coming back a number of times while you are expecting the finale.

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5. Dionisaf โ€“ Clusters (2022)

๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Sometimes, the human civilization finds a proper way to collaborate with the nature. Otherwise, the energy is being used against it, ruining the piece and harmony. This album illustrates both scenarios. You’ll feel both unity and controversies, following each other and interfering. Dionisaf explores there complicated relations through his music. The album might be considered a collection of clusters and in this way you’ll glide from the first to all others, continuing the ongoing journey, like a continuum of time and musical space.

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6. Powers / Rolin Duo โ€“ Strange Fortune (2021)

๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ The last act for current episode comes from Columbus, Ohio, and this is pretty unusual drone created with the help of acoustic instruments. They are guitar, chimes, hammered dulcimer and autoharp. This duo by Jen Powers and Matthew J Rolin reveals the balance between quiet and loud, tiny and tremendous. Appearing literally on the fingertips, their compositions are aimed straight to the hearts. There the sounds born by the strings generate secondary waves of joyfulness and inspiration. That’s the mechanics of Strange Fortune.

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