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Title: Ambient & Film Music I & II
Artist: Sombre Printemps
Genre: Electronica / Experimental
Release Date: 10th June 2011
Label: Out Of Line


Album Review

Phillipe Fichot, audio-visual artist and creator of DIE FORM for the first time branched out into the depths of purely instrumental music in 1991 with his side project SOMBRE PRINTEMPS and ‘Ambient & Film Music I’. The record is long sold out and out of print. In order to make the highly sought-after disc available again Fichot laced a little artful package, including a remastered version of the album plus a fresh set of tracks that make the continuation of the series with ‘Ambient & Film Music II’ First off we elaborate on the classic disc, beginning with ‘Sombre Printemps’ which is bring an oppressive mood to the front whilst maintaining a rather minimalist, noise-inflicted rhythm pattern. ‘Chrysalid World’ works in a similar way and so do the other batch of tracks included. I see that 20 years ago those tracks were deemed revolutionary and forward-thinking. Looking at it from today, having heard so much music pushing boundaries it’s not appearing so special to me, really. The sound polishing is stellar though.
 
The second disc is by far more interesting to me. Neo classical structures unfold on the beginning of ‘Dunkler Frühling’, cracked open by noisy and sombre soundscapes. ‘Parasomniac Soundscapes’ mingles it with a tricky dancing beat, intertwined with some disturbing frequencies. ‘Unknown Forms’ seems to be lacking a structure at first; just an amorphous symphony evoking the dying of life, sung by a banshee. In the end it turns out the structure is woven in with subtlety. ‘Shiszophrenia’ unveils a disjointed reality, not much unlike the one DIE FORM is exhibiting time and again. ‘Neurologium’ is the maimed and distorted screaming of souls, tamed and channelled into creepy mechanic sounds while ‘Post Cerebra’ could be anything from the soundtrack to an experimental short film to a musical workup of the spheres a mind travels through after leaving the body. May even be both at the same time. ‘Atra Billis’ mourns for what is lost and while we’re leaving the cemetery we believe to hear screams and the sound of fingers scraping their way out of their casket and terrified we run away…
 

Tracklist
 
[Ambient & Film Music I]
01. Sombre Printemps - 3:47
02. Chrysalid World - 4:20
03. Magnet - 4:49
04. Oceanic Terminal - 3:54
05. Possession - 4:01
06. Parasitic Noise Extasy - 4:01
07. Orphaned - 4:19
08. Rapture - 4:32
09. Convulse - 3:58
10. Nude With A Cross - 3:53
 
[Ambient & Film Music II]
01. Dunkler Frühling - 4:35
02. Fleur d'Angoisse - 3:22
03. Parasomniac Soundscapes - 4:39
04. Unknown Forms - 4:07
05. Antichambre - 4:16
06. Syntax of Pain - 3:57
07. Schizophonia - 4:45
08. Neurologium - 3:52
09. Traces of Desire - 3:27
10. Post Cerebra - 7:46
11 - Atra Bilis - 4:06
 

Line-Up
 
Phillipe Fichot
 

Cover Picture
 
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Rating
 
Music: 8
Sound: 8
Extras: -
Total: 8 / 10

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