Monochromie – Enlighten Yourself While You Sleep 7.6
‘Enlighten Yourself While You Sleep’ cloaks itself with layers of static. This
approach gives the ultimate sweetness of the music a sense of accomplishment.
Breaking through the digital debris makes the music feel particularly
purposeful. Classical influences continue to inform each one of these pieces.
Piano tends to be the most commonly used instrument. Drones help bring these
pieces into warmer pasture. Oftentimes though the static and music works
together to heighten the sense of discovery.
Beauties’ begins with a busted piano sample. With each repetition the sample
appears to break down further and further until only a shimmer remains of its
original self. Static floats above this breaking spirit. On ‘Ashes and Sparks’
the static helps to make the song feel closer. The beginning is far away but with
additional layers of static and noise it feels accessible. Additional layers
have the added purpose of creating a warped sense of rhythm. Noise elements
bounce off each other. ‘Birds Never Die’ pits a piano against a large slab of
distorted noise. After the piano emerges victorious it seems like a
particularly sweet victory. ‘Silence is
Anger’ presents the noise as a classical element. Through its restrained use
the static works like a sort of noise orchestra with a great sense of depth.
the end of the album things mellow out, like on the calm ‘Day and Night Of a
Scarecrow’ which includes the static only at the very end. ‘Insomnia’ finishes
the album off with a beautiful choir. Monochromie shows how the digital and the
organic can exist as one.