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STROM NOIR - Urban Blues

Format: CD
Label & Cat.Number: Zoharum ZOHAR 060-2
Release Year: 2014
Note: the Slovakian beauty-droner known from Drone-Mind//Mind-Drone Vol. 2 with the second "fabric-pressed" CD, inspired by 'reverse deja-vu' feelings of a city-walk.. textures of shimmering guitar spheres ambient with discreet electronics & field electronics, bitter sweet melancholia..
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"Strom Noir debuts on Zoharum with his 9th full-length album entitled 'Urban Blues'. This renowned Slovak one-man project of Emil Mat'ko penetrates the textures of shimmering ambient, urban drone with delicate tints of post-rock. His next offering contains 8 compositions of staggering beauty and cinematic feel. When you listen to music while walking in the city, background sounds and noises may supplement it in a non-recurring way and, even if you know the track by heart, your only feeling for the very first moment is that something is different... I have tried to capture this feeling of reverse dejа-vu on my latest album 'Urban Blues' which presents a trip through the city - the city you believe you are familiar with, but, on the other hand, your feeling that something is wrong is increasing. This CD is packaged in a ecopak limited to 300 copies." [label info]

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"Emil Mat'ko is the man from Slovakia who is behind Strom Noir. We have reviewed his music before, although maybe not all eight albums. Number is 'Urban Blues' and his first for Zoharum. It has, of course I might add, nothing to do with blues, and all with drones and ambient music. Actually, come to think of it, the word 'urban' is also something I am not sure about. This could, as easily space blues, as far as I'm concerned. Strom Noir creates very a very consistent catalogue of music. This release may sound the same as the previous lot by him. Careful constructions of heavily processed field recordings, guitars, spiced with some electronics and put together in a nice, moody way, with a few likewise carefully placed ticks and cuts (with delay pedals) so it has a vague notion of something rhythmic. Like the cover says: 'conceived as headphone music', and that's very true. Lie back and listen. Sleep and listen. Or maybe go around town and play this quietly in your headphones, and
execute that 'urban blues' idea of the title. You might think I may not like this music or perhaps find it too easy, but there you are wrong. I wasn't looking for something new in the world of ambient music - mainly because that seems to be very hard and that's something I accepted as a fact: renewing ambient music is not easy - but on this grey winter day, reading a book, staring out of the window and such pastime, this is a great soundtrack, even for a slow, suburban street, like this street." [FdW/Vital Weekly]