Genre/Influences: Dark-ambient, experimental, dark-cinematographic.
Background/Info: “Le Chant Des Ruines” is the third album by the French duo Yann Hagimont – Yann Arexis (also involved with La Breiche, Stille Volk, Ihan). It also is their debut work on Cyclic Law.
Content: The work is a mix between different influences while composed with different instruments and techniques. It definitely sounds dark-ambient like, but also experimental and cinematographic. The album has been made with numerous field recordings, which are quite specific as they recorded noises from their natural environment in the French Pyrenees. Electronic sound treatments and guitar manipulations have been merged together while joined with some drones passages. I also noticed a few spoken ghost-like vocals (or samples).
+ + + : The least I can say is that this project has its very own sound approach. I noticed great industrial sound treatments, which create certain balance with the field recordings and other noise effects. “Almageste” is a well-crafted piece for its diversity and spooky spoken words. I also like the metallic field recordings running through the track.
– – – : The work sounds a little bit unusual for the dark-ambient and cinematographic genre. That’s what makes the originality and strength of the work, but still its complexity. And complexity is not always the most accessible aspect when listening to music.
Conclusion: This work has something of a sonic labyrinth where you can get lost discovering different but related music styles.
Best songs: “Almageste”, “Aurore, Ou Le Retour Des Oiseaux De Feu”.