Genre/Influences: Dark-Ambient, Drone, Soundscape.
Format: Digital, CD.
Background/Info: German Troum duo has now been active since 1997. They released an impressive discography and have worked with numerous –and famous artists. This album is a compilation featuring songs originally released on 7” (and one digital EP) format in between 2004 and 2016. We get a total of twelve tracks.
Content: This work is a nice and diversified selection of tracks. Pure dark reverie and Cinematographic passages have been alternated with harsher Noise-Ambient cuts. The work also brings raw-sounding Soundscapes recovered with abyssal atmospheres. The last part of the album is definitely Cinematographic.
+ + + : I like this kind of ‘compilation’ featuring a selection of singles. But this album also gives us an opportunity to (re)discover the wider spectrum of influences created by Troum. Diversity is the keyword to introduce this work, which is however dominated by harsh and raw Soundscape and Cinematographic style. I like the unrefined format of “Betonwolke” and the anguishing sphere hanging over “Gruoen”. But my favorite pieces are right at the end; a total Cinematographic experience illustrated on “Victoria” and “Unreleased Theme For River Endscene”.
– – – : The singles by Troum have never been my favorites although I have to admit there are some forgotten treasures featured on this work.
Conclusion: This is the kind of compilation I like; a great selection of singles you now get together on one and the same disc. It’s an essential item to complete your Troum collection.
Best songs: “Victoria”, “Unreleased Theme For River Endscene”, “Betonwolke”, “Gruoen”, “Aerugo”.