Monochromie – Colors In The Dark 8.0
embraces its classical side on ‘Colors In the Dark’. While the album progresses
it increases in intensity and volume. Right in the beginning it is a hazy blur
of melody. Through each song Monochromie gets closer to the listener. Distance
is thwarted in exchange for a sense of warmth and comfort. Yes this is
extremely gentle music. At no point does the tender, blanketed sound ever end.
Over the course of the album it manages attract unusual sounds to further its
pleasant, lulled sound. Intensity hides away forever in these tracks content to
simply float things out.
the opening track is a case in point. Beginning with the gentle rise of a drone
it forms into a coherent melody. The repetition increases its power allowing it
to grow, elaborating on a common theme. On ‘Ballade’ a similar tactic is
employed resulting in a sense of power and grandeur. Field recordings are used
to great effect on ‘Childhood’ which brings up memories of nostalgia. It
remains so peaceful throughout its play. Water flows and rattling add to the
overall mood of the piece. A film projector is the main feature on ‘Old Times’.
Somehow the simple hum of machinery creates a comforting environment. Static
marks a somewhat more aggressive tone on ‘Constellations’ reminiscent of Pleq’s
mixture of classical and digital.
possesses a ghostly presence, even traces of cymbals. For the finale ‘Thorns of
roses’ everything comes together to create a neat summary of all that preceded
it. ‘Colors In The Dark’ presents a perfect spectrum of emotions.