Boomkat Product Review:
With the captivating ambient dronescapes of Selfed, Belgian composer Kreng continues a welcome move into scoring for film and dance, or visual analogs, which his fans have been craving for since he first emerged in the late ‘00s.
Preceded by his OST for Cooties (Death Waltz, 2015), this intense three-part recording was realised to accompany Kevin Trappeniers’ dance choreography and direction for a performance relating to the phenomena of Self-pollination; which is probably best taken as analogy for notions of self-preservation and sufficiency - peanuts do it; peanuts are strong, can survive in areas of lesser variability.
The result is one of Kreng’s most affective outings, coursing with a vital darkness, which, as any darkside appreciators will know, can be just as life-affirming and reflective as brightness and “happy” tones as all the other stuff. However, like this record’s subject matter, it may be best nurtured, consumed and acknowledged in solo or small groups (just ‘cos the bleak stuff tends to bring out emotions that are too difficult to experience and disseminate among larger, silent units).
This is music for proper inward travel where, ironically, you can’t take a f**king selfie, but you can regale your mates and whoever will listen about what happened on that trip to the heart of darkness.