Locrian & Christoph Heemann
A meeting of the new and the old, this self-titled record from Locrian & Christoph Heemann promises on paper to be a fine study in sound manipulation and vast ambient drones – and does not disappoint. A combination of Locrian's controlled power and Heemann's mind-bending aural vision, these four tracks of deeply dark and menacing atmospherics evolve over the sixty minutes to tap into those hidden recesses and soundtrack the horrors that emerge.
Opening with the sparse gentle descent of 'Hecatomb', underpinned by a foreboding heartbeat rhythm, the music swells and fades, replacing bleakness with terror, distress by paranoia. And it all culminates at the magisterial 'The Drowned Forest', building from just a single wordless vocal to this monolith of enormous, spaceless minimalist drone. Locrian & Christoph Heemann is a truly unsettling record, and one of the finest examples of its kind this year.