Tuesday, July 16, 2013
As I mentioned last week, life has been busy and other priorities have gotten in the way of us updating the blog. I promised an album review for this week, so here it is.
Today we take a look at the new Monochromie album, "Enlighten Yourself While You Sleep."
Monochromie is the musical project of French artist Wilson Trouve. This disc has proven to be a worthy follow-up to the always spectacular "Angels and Demons." Naturally, when news broke earlier this year about the brand new album, I was stoked. I patiently waited until the day of release and then purchased it without having heard a single track. "Angels and Demons" had that big an impact on me.
Continuing with the overall concept of dreamy, ambient post-rock, the new disc introduces a plethora of sounds, including light bells, distorted buzzing, and atmospheric swells of ambient keyboards. The distortion on this disc is astounding, but Trouve is careful to not lean on it too much. Instead of coming across overbearing or plain noisy, it serves its purpose to enhance the exceptional musical quality on display.
Fans of post-rock heavy hitters Mono and Hammock can not go wrong with this release.
In terms of mood, "Enlighten Yourself..." displays a more somber, reflective attitude, dwelling more in the darker aspects of the post-rock sound. The aura of sadness this album conveys, however, is not uninterrupted. Instead, uplifting melodies stroll through the darkened landscape like sparks on live electrical cables. Explosions of introverted silence and sweeping atmospheres pace the record.
Overall, this was a very enjoyable listen. It is up to par with "Angels and Demons" and even surpasses it on some fronts.
As a side note, Monochromie's label, Fluttery Records, has been kind enough to post a snippet of my raving review of "Angels and Demons" to help promote "Enlighten Yourself..." Check out a couple of standout tracks here. As always, thanks for reading and enjoy!!
P.S. Sorry for the poor image quality. The software wasn't uploading the larger image.