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Noise wrangler Mondkopf masterfully tempers his sound with a widescreen quiet/loud rock vision, accentuated with elemental percussion by The Necks’ Tony Buck on its closing highlight
Evoking comparisons with Earth via Robbie Basho and Yellow Swans, ’Spring Stories’ heralds a triumphant return for keen veteran of noise Paul Régimbau aka Mondkopf, whose releases for In Paradisum, Hands In The Dark, Perc Trax and Opal Tapes have charted a singular path thru power ambient, rhythmic noise, and cinematic strains of electronic music since the mid ‘00s.
’Spring Stories’ marks his debut on Erik Skodvin’s (Svarte Greiner) Miasmah and a newfound focus of his style toward endless rolling landscapes informed by doom and drone rock as much as its modal psych and folk bedfellows. It’s an aspect that’s long lurked under the hood of his music but is here more explicitly articulated thru thunderous, improvised electric guitar riffs that sagely nod to the meditative mind storms of Cali mystic Master Wilburn Burchette and the gnostic pressure of Sunn o))) or Barn Owl.
Arriving with Elevation’s lonesome blues, the six part album stealthily blooms in scope thru its widening amp envelopes and lysergic electronic gnaw, opening out elliptically between the big skies of its ‘Phased Harmony’ parts and roiling romance of the centrepiece ‘Through The Storm, In Your Arms’, until Tony Buck’s percussion rolls in form a distance, finely mixed from gauzy to palpable patter that enlivens the scorched earth in tandem with Frederic D. Overland’s wailing dude on alto sax in the dramatic curtain closer.