Genre/Influences: Minimal dark-ambient, cinematographic.
George Shmanauri involved with Phonotek (trumpet). Pedro Pimentel collected field recordings recorded during walks through Porto, London and Berlin while recording acoustic instruments as well.
Content: “Heralds” is a styled work, which remains driven by dark-ambient atmospheres, but still with a more intimate approach. That’s an essential aspect of the work, which has been created by the play of acoustic instruments. The cello is quite important, creating a dark and somewhat depressed sensation. The harp brings some enlightenment while the icy trumpet resonates as a warning throughout this mysterious sound universe. Industrial crashes and piano treatments both achieve the composition.
+ + + : I like the dark-ambient projects merging electronics and field recordings together with real acoustic/traditional instruments. Phonotek is one of those bands I especially like for this authentic approach, but that’s exactly what you can experience on “Heralds” as well. It creates a dark reverie, somewhat cinematographic like and accomplished with a perfect balance between electronics and real instruments. The cello and trumpet both are perfect instruments for this kind of experiments.
– – – : Some passages are a little bit monotonous, but globally speaking you don’t hear me complaining. I would have liked to get more input from the acoustic instruments, which would have reinforced the authentic character of the work.
Conclusion: I can’t say that “Heralds” sounds atypical, but it clearly is a somewhat different and original exposure from what dark-ambient music can be. This album has something intimate and definitely artistic.
Best songs: “Beatrice’s Euphoria”, “Bell Ringing II”.