Monochromie – Behind Black Clouds 8.2
Black Clouds” displays the tasteful intersection of digital and classical
music. Monochromie has fully perfected their craft on this album as the digital
manipulations add heightened emotion into the mix. Sounds neatly wash over the
listener proving how important the two elements are to sound. Classical and
digital sounds have an unfair reputation as serving as background music.
Fortunately Monochromie proves this reputation to be entirely undeserved. These
piece glisten with tenderness and love. Woven together they wordlessly tell a
strums and glitches play together on the opening “Vertiges Part.1”. Small
effects have great influence over the piece while distortion is controlled. The
crackle and pops of “We Are Not Afraid (Sometimes a Rainbow)” helps to give the
song textural variety. Flowing like a river is “Distance” whose colorful piano
work recalls Steve Reich’s bright airy work. Moving towards granular sound is “Interlude”.
On the latter half of the album Monochromie moves deeper into electronic
textures such as the folktronica flavored work of “Heart Beat” and the giddy
stutters of “Polyhymnia”. Even rock is referenced directly on the dreamy work
of “The Lost Victory” employing recognizable percussion. Aptly named “Noise”
explores pure digital noise. By far the highlight of the album is the grandeur
of “Vertiges Part 2”. Melodies feel reminiscent of Fennesz’s glorious work on “Endless
Summer”. Full of joy it closes the album off on the perfect note.
Black Clouds” Monochromie dives deeper into digital sound and the results are