Šåöåķēč˙ ķą "Nameless droplet"

If a label by the name of “Mystery Sea” (which already implies a certain sense of secrecy) calls one of the projects on its roster “enigmatic”, there must be something going on here. Consisting of two Russian audio sailors hailing from the Moscow delta, exit in grey are even less than a blank sheet of paper – in terms of the internet, they don’t exist at all. Nor does their untraceable “Still Sleep” imprint, on which they released their previous CD-Rs. If all of this helps putting the focus on the music, though, then that is just fine – for “Nameless Droplet” is one of the most unique offerings from the Drone sector in a long time. You’ll need some time to find that out, though. For the first couple of minutes are still firmly rooted in the usual opaque reverberations and frequential phasings that mark most compositions from the sector. One for one, the different tracks are introduced, starting with a deep, static analog tone and then adding higher notes, already undulating in the filter modulation. At first overlapping harmonically and still clearly separated, the elements fall into an effervescent waterfall in which the themes are centrifuged and spin-dried, spitting them out into a soft creeping murmur. Eight minutes have passed and by this time you expect the music to follow the regular path of most genre releases and take you through various comparable transformations, but instead, Sergey and Stas (last names willingly omitted by the artists) take their ship into hauntingly emotional waters. A sighing voice emerges from the void, loosely caressed guitar strings drip from the cavernous ceiling of the darkish-blue sky like the title-bearing droplet and metallic noises pound and roar premonitiously, but muffled as if secured by a layer of felt. A luminescent intersection leads into a cloud of tucked-away semblances, which in turn is split in two by a piercing beam of radiant light in the form of a sequence of aggressive bass pads. Hyperventilating itself towards a climax, the piece then falls into a short leap of silence, before sleepwalking across the finish line with an eleven minute long scene of disembodied, but tender harmonies and ominous buzzings inside a desolate swamp This effectively closes the colossal first part of the work, which comes to an uneasy end in the ensuing finale, a noticeably shorter collage of scraping noises, dense drone layers and threatening rhythmic pulses. It is a decidedly personal vision exit in grey display and one which has the potential to grow into something even bigger and bordering other genres – including Dark Ambient, of course, but potentially also Post Rock with a depressed edge. After having listened to this, I am both glad that Sergey and Stas decided to do away with the usual self-presentation -.and yet more than eager to find out more about them and their earlier work. tokafi

TOKAFI | Tobias Fischer