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Amon, Nimh


Label: Eibon Records

Format: CD

Genre: Electronic

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Tip! "The mystery of the ancient and puzzling magic Sator square is evoked again in present time through five dark tracks entitled like the five palindromes that form its fascinating structure: Sator / Arepo / Tenet / Opera / Rotas. Amon (Andrea Marutti), the most important and estabilished italian Dark-Ambient project, and Nimh (Giuseppe Verticchio), a well-known and eclectic alchemist of electronic-ethnic-acoustic-ambient sound mixtures, gathered together and worked side by side for some weeks to create their first collaborative effort. "Sator" is a granitic and majestic work, a musical journey in time and history that leads the listeners to the deepest and remote abysses of Earth through archaic and magmatic sounds, confusing them along the way with the technologic and synthetic vibrations of oscillating sinewaves, and with frosty isolationist timbres programmed through fluxes of information written in binary code... Echoes of breathless and confused human activities falling into decay, the dark and deep sound of Earth's abysses, scoriae of electric buzzes and synthetic microsounds, the warmth of subliminal melodies submerged and overwhelmed by menacing and distorted agglomerates of sounds, buried fragments of an abused guitar in decomposition faded by the unstoppable march of time..." - Eibon Records press-release

"In a spirit of experimentation: the nightly visions turn human. Can there be a thing like a playful Dark Ambient album? The relaxed mood in which “Sator” came into existence certainly already reveals quite a bit about its content. Afe Records founder Andrea Marutti initially met up with Giuseppe Verticchio of Nimh to simply record a few tracks together. The mood in the studio and the pleasant nature of their interaction meant that they ended up with two album’s worth of material, the first of which is now being released on Eibon Records. Of course, the result is still dark and somber. But underneath the heavy moods, the spirit of experimentation and the joy of working on something which opens in every direction imaginable is immanent. This is all the more welcome as Dark Ambient, despite all of its promises and potential, has become something of a dead end of lately when it comes to finding new modes of expression. The goal has been more in refining what has been achieved (which is quite a bit, as it has greatly matured from its crude beginnings) than in taking things to a new level - or at least in trying to find a distinctive voice of its own. That “Sator” would be a more individual affair was kind of clear right from the start. Marutti has built up Afe as an imprint which focuses on quality rather than clear-cut genres, even allowing his releases to stray into rhythmical territory occasionally and preferring multi-faceted artists over stereotypical ones. Already the long list of instruments used for “Sator” points to a poly-tentacled approach, in which synthesizers, sequencers and samplers are merely one of the components in a setup including e-bow guitars, field recordings, metals and objects, tapes and a Russian box zither. A lot of this colourful equipment is actually treated to a degree that their original sound properties blend into the mix, leaving only faint traces - but always enough to make the nightly visions turn somewhat more humane and rich in texture. In the same degree, special care has gone into the arrangements, which take the listener through various mental states and through different stages, never ending at the same place where they began their journey. While the opening “Rotas” is still a greyish mass of monochromatic reverberations and high-pitched streaks of light, already the second track, “Opera” transforms into a vaguely rhythmical and mysteriously occult offering with discreet cymbal drones and metallic chimings. Going from there, languid melodies try to fight their way through tectonic plates, electric chirping melts with futuristically-symphonic ambiances, sweet motives are slowly buried underneath sonic rubble and muffled voices merge into moments of spaceous clarity. Marutti and Verticchio (as well as their regular third collaborator Daniela Gherardi) have concentrated on a select amount of tracks for each title, which makes them all the more organic. It is also a statement of intent. Instead of clustering their pieces with endless lines of manipulations in order to lend them a superficial deepness, they have allowed them to remain open, giving the listener the chance to fill in the gaps with his imagination. Maybe “playful” is not really the correct term for this atmospheric and dense work. But it is certainly one which uses the elements of the Dark Ambient genre and shuffles them around with all the respect in the world yet in a mood of trying out different things."
- Tobias Fischer, Tokafi

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