Monolyth & Cobalt – La température du feuillage entre deux saisons

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Feedback Loop netlabel continues its tradition of pushing the envelope in sonics with the first release of 2011 from Monolyth & Cobalt. On first listen I feel a little apprehensive, this is dark and swelling ambience that feels like it is eating its way through my speakers and at any moment could explode with fury. Through the second track appropriately titled Ground z-ero a wall of emotions hit you as the dark ambience consumes your vision. But with all this fury and sonic destruction Monolyth & Cobalt exude an air of calm and control, the sound dims down into deep dark echoes in a cavernous landscape, flickering channels in and out and you are ushered into the next track Eph.E which is as hopeful as it is depressing.

Strings Quartet is a mini suite of glistening light, cascading at a steady pace, collapsing and reforming in your ears. The astonishing thing here, when you do reach the halfway point of the album, is the incredible diversity Monolyth & Cobalt have hit you with – five minutes ago you were trawling through dark and twisted ambience and now you find yourself in the middle of a concert hall, strings dancing around you, falling into and out of dissonance that is incredibly beautiful.

Contemplation fills the mind when La mémoire ne se détache pas des songes begins, echoed guitar fill a spacious room of emotions. This continues with the closing track to leave you somewhere between grief and acceptance. The latest release from Feedback Loop really delivers, and reifies the message that founder Leonardo and musicians who release on the label want to get across – the emotion of music, the root of the pleasure we derive from sounds.

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