Friday, October 12, 2007

M.B. + M.D.T. - Psalmodiam

from Vital Weekly # 568

Fricke's partner Bianchi converted to Jehova witness' in the 80s and still sings praise of god.
Together with Museo Della Tortura (although the cover just says M.B. + M.D.T.) he made seven tracks, 'psalmodian', which on the cover is explained as an 'experimental way how to interpret the psalms'.
All pieces are about psalm 63, which is when King David was alone in the desert and God was still with him. This desolation is captured quite well in the music. Sometimes it seems like a heavily processed choir singing, such as in 'During My Lifetime', but throughout there is a heavy, dark cloud hanging over this music.
Dark ambient music for sure, deeply atmospheric, and if I'm not mistaken, there is a fair amount of computer processing going on. M.D.T. is credited here with 'sound source manipulation'. The music didn't bring me much closer to God I must admit, so I can only say something from the perspective of a non-believer: it works well.
It's contemplative, dark and experimental. All good things mixed up to make a sincere piece of music.
(Frans de Waard)

Label: menstrualrecordings
Cat. #: LH03
Format: CD
Release date: 2007

01 - In A Dry And Exhausted Land (05:49)
02 - During My Lifetime (07:52)
03 - My Soul Is Satisfied (07:35)
04 - During The Night Watches (08:06)
05 - In The Shadow Of Your Wings (03:47)
06 - Into The Lowest Part Of The Earth (03:23)
07 - Mouth Stopped Up (09:44)


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