Boomkat Product Review:
Die Schachtel inaugurate the Decay Music imprint for “ambient, ethereal, and emotively abstract” contemporary music with a hitherto unknown hook-up between industrial pioneer Maurizio Bianchi, Saverio Evangelista (Esplendor Geometrico), and Juan Manuel Cidrón
Each respected in their niche, the trio converge on a stark and sparse sound woven from lonely solo piano and extra subtle atmospheric disturbances. The two pieces unfold in stately procession with ‘Besoch Trauma’ gathering from streams of sylvan drone, dusky field recordings and looming concrète spectres into a distressed solo piano coda that peals and warbles with aquality recalling Akira Rabelais’ sublime creep. The piece follows thru onto the B-side and into more hauntingly glassy, windswept dimensions, with the keys dropping out to leave us wondering how we got here, sand returning like recollected glimpses in the thick of The Caretaker’s later stages.
“Slow, sophisticated, and a deeply meditative, minimalist wonder, Besoch Trauma progresses like a melancholic dream - the slow wilting of sounds, pondering their own rebirth. Repetitive and restrained piano lines rise among drifting synthesiser tones and textural ambiances, fall away and return, fracture, break, stagger, and distort across the entirety of the albums first side, while murky, implacable sounds breed with flirting electronics and piano, sculpting the vast expanse of abstraction which emerges across the entirety of the second - clattering and droning, filled with air, fading melodies, and rippling tones - the inorganic rising as a synthetic vision of the natural world, and a music which entirely refuses to say what it is.
Two slow burning sides, unfolding with greater depth at every turn, across Besoch Trauma Bianchi, Evangelista, and Cidrón, joined as Vértice, build rich tapestry of creatively challenging sound - a hypothetical imagining of historic minimalism and ambient music, bred with industrial and punk. Dark, inhabitable, and unquestionably beautiful.”