Boomkat Product Review:
Properly waved dark ambient lullabies (including a dungeon synth version of 'Auld Lang Syne', seriously) to usher in another cursed year.
"New Year's Eve Dark Ambient" is noise veteran Mike Connelly's ode to the uncurling ouroboros as one of the most damaged years in recent history closes out. Dark ambient is surely the ideal soundtrack, and Connelly channels the dungeon synth energy of a black metal interlude as he bashes through medieval moods with graceful FM synth warbles. Best known for his work with Hair Police, Clay Rendering and Wolf Eyes, Connelly evokes a more peaceful mood here, following up the foggy atmospherics of last year's "Spirit Obscured" and stripping things down to the bare essentials.
This set of moody, glassy drones is almost as peaceful as a collection of lullabies, but never loses the underlying scent of fear. The sound set is picked for pure horror effectiveness, but Connelly avoids the "Stranger Things" effect and swerves the warmth of analog tones, opting for the isolationist chill of DX7-esque pads and strings. This makes each track sound like the darkest recesses of some weird '80s TV show (maybe "The New Adventures of Robin Hood" with the Clannad soundtrack), as princesses have their minds devoured by malevolent spirits.
Who knew that the most appropriate way to lead out of the year of COVID and Brexit was with cod-fantasy synthesizer musick made by one of the Midwest's finest noise artists? We're here for it. Fans of Prurient's nauseatingly-good "Pleasure Ground" or Coil's warbly dark atmospheres won't want to miss this one.