Murmuüre "s/t" CD

Posted on Monday, January 10th, 2011 @ 7:06am » permalink

Murmuüre - s/tI've been running pretty far behind for a couple of months now, so I'm still sitting on a few intriguing releases from the excellent Paradigms Recordings label. This self-titled outing from peculiar French act Murmuüre (which is unfortunately said to be both the first and last release from the project) was originally issued on cassette, but Paradigms re-released it on CD in a limited run of 500 copies. The band's sound seems to be generally linked to black metal (or "celestial black pop", as the label puts it), but the six tracks/30 minutes of material herein have been digitally manipulated to the point of almost coming across more like experimental noise to me. Apparently all of the compositions are based around a one-hour guitar improvisation that was recorded in late-2006 and later re-contextualized with an assortment of additional sound sources (including live/programmed drums and vocals); and while there are discernible bits and pieces of vocals, percussion, and "riffs" scattered throughout; the bulk of the release is driven by a lot of really chilled out, ethereal drones and ambient atmospherics that – even in the presence of fuzzy distortion and percussion – retain an odd sense of melody and emotion that just doesn't say "black metal" to me at all. (The barely audible vocals do seem rather intense, but they're so subdued in the mix that they blend into the pieces as additional texture more than anything.) And that's not a bad thing. Quite the opposite in fact. I must confess that my initial reaction to the release was somewhat lukewarm, but I've quickly grown very fond of it, and the surprising sense of feeling that the music carries with it would achieve striking results were it used to score an appropriate film. Stream the complete release below (via Bandcamp):

And, as always, be sure to honor the artist/label with a purchase if you enjoy what you hear…

Purchase:

@ Paradigms Recordings (CD)
@ Bandcamp (mp3)

6 Comments...

  1. Carlos says:

    The intro for Primo Vere is taken from one of Leone's "spaghetti" western (by Ennio Morricone). I must say that both are legendary and "artists" I sincerely worship.

    Music on the other hand is probably the "weirdest" music I've heard this year if not in last few years. I don't want to judge to soon as I've heard only one track. But it made me curious enough to check the whole album.

  2. I like this release! Paradigms stuff is always interesting. I, too, am running several (probably more) months behind. I need to get around to tackling this one!

  3. blah says:

    The intro for Primo Vere is a piece of Ennio Morricone, but this one doesn't come from a spaghetti western ; it is his adaptation of Carl Orff's Carminan Burana, that appears on the most disturbing scene of "Salo or the 120 days of sodom" by Pasolini.

  4. Carlos says:

    Hmm I'm quite sure that I've heard it in western movie, since I didn't watch Salo or 120 days of sodom yet. Maybe was song in some other movie (not Leone's) and I'm messing up.

  5. Justin says:

    Long, weird and cool!

  6. Tommy says:

    Everything about this album is absolutely beautiful.

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