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Troum, "Tjukurrpa (Part Two: Drones)"

While I had always enjoyed what I've heard from Troum and Maeror Tri,it was the first part in their 'Trilogy' ('Harmonies') which made mefall in love. Be warned, however, as the second part in the trilogy isnot nearly as gentle as part one. Ironically, 'Drones' is not 100%drones, a characteristic of a number of their other releases.The musicis much darker, heavier, lower pitched, and with a scattering of soundeffects which border on abrasiveness. While 'Harmonies' was bright andangelic, 'Drones' is most certainly haunting and creepy. Far fromminimalistic drone, Troum's recipes never call for software. This timearound, the duo have been expanding on mutating loops originating frommetal and percussive sounds to guitars and choir samples. Opening withmangled electronics mimicing a vicious robotic dog, it's not longbefore the fog-like sound drifts in, oppressive with low, rumblingundertones. Heavily processed sounds echo and resonate, far removedfrom their original state, as the disc creeps through the five tracks,slowly like a World War 2 submarine, far beneath the surface, lost inthe darkness. Sounds which no longer resemble their origins becomemuffled thumpings and low-end filtered feedbacks building uponthemselves, always approaching (but never quite reaching) noise. Itcontinues to the end, where an angelic choral loop underlines the soundas the lower frequency sounds flourish in the foreground. Oh, thehumanity—it's as if the submarine sank to the bottom of the ocean. Itends all too quickly. Did they survive? Stay tuned for the third in thetrilogy I guess. If the drones you crave are more Stars of the Lidpretty, seek part one, if they fall more on the Zoviet France side,part two will certainly please. -