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After disbanding in 1996, two-thirds of the masterful German drone trio Maeror Tri moved on to a new project, Troum.
The overall sound of this Cohort Records release is replete with a dark exotic beauty. "Daur" is somber and minimal, blending low rumbles, mechanical reverberations, and the lush sounds of a yang t'chin. "Venustas" as well has a decidedly Far Eastern quality, and "Krypte" is strongly reminiscent of early 4AD instrumental pieces: a pretty guitar line with lots of ethereal effects and processing surrounded by heavenly washes. This 10" released on Cohort Records marks a striking departure in sound, not only from the music of Maeror Tri, but from conventional ambient music in general. In fact the only thing about this 10" that resembles Troum's former project is the inventive packaging. The dark blue vinyl 10" comes in a sleeve made of cork. The sole disappointment of this release is its brevity, but hopefully the future will bring more soon from Troum, and I look forward to it.
Last Updated on Monday, 18 July 2005 14:45  


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