Council of Nine :: Trinity (Cryo Chamber)

The lugubrious and usual droney sound textures communicate with deeply sorrowing and altered melodious phrases mainly obtained by detached piano lines and echoing chordal sequences.

Council of Nine is one regular project to be signed on the independent label Cryo Chamber. It is a one man musical entity formed in California by the dark sound artist Maximilian Olivier. Unfortunately and due to the large amount of releases coming from Cryo Chamber I did not have the time to listen to the first Council of Nine albums. I discovered this fine and classy dark ambient project with the collaborative work Locus Arcadia published a year ago with other Cryo Chamber’s artists.

Council of Nine offers here what can be considered among the most plaintive, reflective, funereal and elegiac sound odysseys produced by the imprint. The lugubrious and usual droney sound textures communicate with deeply sorrowing and altered melodious phrases mainly obtained by detached piano lines and echoing chordal sequences. Some manipulated field recordings pleasantly come to enrich the moving and textured electronic architecture. Without being totally bleak or menacing a very nightly, desolate and spiritually contemplative mood prevails all along the album.

A rather dense, organic and emotional soundscaping album which installs the listener in a melodiously dark brooding and bitter atmosphere. Fans of Desiderii Marginis, Letum (early work), Sinke Dus, Caul but also Flowers Body Snatchers and Sabled Sun won’t be disappointed.

Trinity is available on Cryo Chamber.

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