Label: KultFront - KF-XXVII • Format: CD Album, Compilation, Limited Edition • Country: Russia • Genre: Electronic • Style: Abstract, Dark Ambient, Darkwave, Deep Techno, Drone, Experimental, Future Jazz, Industrial, Noise
The original edition was limited to copies and quickly sold out. Reviews Eleven Russian artists pay tribute to David Lynch, and I assume more his films than his music, but then, who am I to tell the difference? Much of what Lynch does could maybe be seen as 'surrealist', with strange events, odd persons and wacky situations. Having said I must immediately admit I haven't seen all of his movies or even heard that much of his music.
I would say Corri Corri - Gianni Morandi - Se Non Avessi Piú Te to judge the music on this compilation. All the ingredients you would expect to find are in here; there is lots of darkness, a bit of rhythm, lots of textures, moods and atmospherics, and seemingly no sampled Les Coupeurs de Canne - Sam* - Jétais Un Arbre from movies.
It is not easy to say whether or not sounds are sampled from the movies, but perhaps that has to do with the copyright? Had I not known anything about the fact that this is a David Lynch tribute, could I have guessed it? Probably not. I would have thought this to be another fine compilation or even something that could have been made by one person of Russia's finest in terms of dark music, and that this is another collection.
Not more, nothing less. Main question is of course: whom will Lynch sign of this bunch to do a Twin Peaks tune for the next series? I readily admit I'm a Lynch fan, but not a fanatic.
The release of this album caused me Face To Face - Unfixed - Battleside visit David Lynch's filmography, and I came Arrakis Cinnamon - Various - Now Its Dark: David Lynch Tribute realize that I was more of a dilettante than a connoisseur of the Lynchian world.
Here, the emphasis is on DARK, not absurd, surreal, quirky, or merely strange. For the most part, these pieces are dark ambient industrial, but there is some variety.
You won't be hearing any Angelo Badalmenti style noir jazz or Julee Cruise warblings which is sort of a shame on this album, but nevertheless, there is some interesting music.
Light Collapse kicks it off with "Homunculus of Henry Spencer" Eraserheada piece that juxtaposes chaotic industrial noise with struck ringing bellish tones.
Dvory contributes "Dark Eye" in which sustained, mournful trumpet notes Arrakis Cinnamon - Various - Now Its Dark: David Lynch Tribute over gloomy dark ambient drones. DMT's Arrakis Cinnamon - Various - Now Its Dark: David Lynch Tribute is a lengthy, rich, industrial dark ambient track with deep, shuddering drones that goes through a variety of permutations to keep it interesting.
Wunderblock's "U-Turn to Lost Highway" is a spooky, muted dark ambient track punctuated by a low, dull, percussion loop. Great atmosphere. Skripp introduces "Lynch Law" which consists of a thick wall of medium to high industrial drone over pounding heartbeat low percussion.
Sal Solaris's "Garmonbonzia 2. More diversified factory ambience presents itself until the track's conclusion.
Relic Radiation mines some "Arrakis Cinnamon" don't know why they didn't opt for Melange in this Dune homage, which is the spaciest track on the album with cosmic synths and sequencer, reminding me a lot of the psy-trance genre. Actually, this one is sort of my favorite track on the album.
Reutoff calms it down at first with the seemingly meditative "Blue Room with No Doors" that morphs into a rhythmic industrial piece with an abstract bellish melody. It all ends with "Eraserhead's neighbors" by Arcuation, which relies heavily on muscular feedback, along with discreet percussive elements. Overly long and unpleasant. No doubt this compilation has its highs and lows, and what appeals most to me may not to you, but it has some merit in its differences.
As a David Lynch tribute though, I didn't find it completely satisfying, and thought it could have used some more traditionally musical, but equally dark contributions. It may however, bring to light darkside Russian artists who might not otherwise have gotten the exposure due to Lynch fans seeking out anything to do with him.
Limited edition of copies in a glossy six-panel digipak. Light Collapse - Homunculus of Henry Spencer 2. Dvory - Dark Eye 3.
Povarovo — Prelost 4. DMT - Lynch 5. Wunderblock - U-Turn to Lost Spermwhales - Spermwhales/Mermaids split 6.
Skripp - Lynch Law 7. Sal Solaris - Garmonbozia 2. Relic Radiation - Arrakis Cinnamon 9. Kryptogen Rundfunk — Mind in Motion Reutoff - Blue Room with No Doors FdW, Vital Weekly.
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