Boomkat Product Review:
The GRM’s artistic director and Sunn O)))’s force of nature evoke vast shadowlands and illuminated cave systems in the premiere of their masterful duo recordings, rendering stunning, panoramic desert scenes filmed at dusk. It sounds like a more muted, introspective take on Neil Young’s 'Dead Man’ OST, via Bohren & Der Club of Gore after the jazz lights have gone out.
‘Cylene’ is only the 2nd release under François Bonnet’s name following more than a decade of explorative electro-acoustic releases made as Kassel Jaeger, and also his first outing with O’Malley. In its seven parts, the duo scout liminal zones of perception where the listener’s senses of space, time and texture are reordered and questioned.
In comparison to what we’ve heard of O’Malley’s previous work (and that’s a fair bit), the album features some of his starkest, most spectral guitar work, strikingly possessing the smoky nature of Loren Connors meditations or Keiji Haino at his quietest. However, that distinction is also down to Bonnet’s work behind the curtain, rendering and altering the guitar lines direction mid-air and making proceedings tremble with near infrasonic subtlety.
“Cylene is infinitely rewarding for those that succumb to its delicate detours. A vast glacial plain unfurls slowly upon the listener invoking a mood similar to the stillness found following despair. As Joseph Ghosn succinctly outlines in his liner notes, “Stephen and François deal in those moments and instants that happen after the violence, and the ugliness and the mess.
Their music is about chaos being summoned and ordered. It is about the noise that nurtures your ears after a long heartbreaking pain. I have heard the sounds of wars being fought and the noises of hearts being broken, and I have never found a shelter as soothing as this music which makes me think of sunken ships and beauty found in the depths of oceans long forgotten”.”
An album to get properly lost in.