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TROUM - Mare morphosis (2013) review


TROUM  "Mare morphosis" (Drone Records, 2013)

For more than 15 years, the prolific festival favourites TROUM have been creating atmospheric drones through a variety of instruments, including guitar, bass, accordion, balalaika, flute, melodica, field recordings, pre-recorded tapes, innumerable found sounds, and the all-important “cosmic particles”. In other words, just about everything but your standard synths and samplers. The German duo’s name translates as “Dream”, but they prefer to use it as an acronym for the more descriptive Tiefenmusic Reaching Our Unconscious Minds. Mare Morphosis is the third part of their “Power Romantic” trilogy that began back in 2009 with a 7” that reworked several musical themes of J.S. Bach.

               The single, nearly hour-long track soars into outer space on atmospheric clouds, fluttering like butterfly wings, yet occasionally settling down to earth before gathering steam to once again float majestically into the heavens. There are classical elements woven inside transcendent episodes of immense beauty pierced by a pounding drumkit that anchors the whole thing ot the Earth. If you’ve shed tears over the near-religious experience of hearing Kitaro’s symphonic ambient creations or reached Nirvana during Ligetti’s “Lux Aeterna”, then TROUM are sure to please.

Review made by Jeff Penczak/2014
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