murmer – songs for forgetting
Quite surreal murmer explores the ignored small sounds that occupy life on “song for forgetting”. Merging elements of ambient and field recordings these are pieces that at times recall the raw industrial edge of early Zoviet*France albums. Within these pieces murmer forgoes melody and rhythm for something much looser. Almost improvisational in their approach the way that the songs evolve has a life-like cryptic element to it. By taking on this tact murmer creates layer upon layer of sound that interact in a plethora of unexpected strange ways.
Things open up with the tiny sounds of “Another Song For Forgetting”. Setting the tone for what follows the sounds seem to be living, breathing creatures, small bursts of their breath emerges out of the sonic ether. From there a drone forms one that extends into the infinite. A nautical atmosphere defines the nimble work of “A Fourth Song For Forgetting” where the many sounds appear to bounce off of each other, as a kind of scraped guitar sound begins to make its presence felt. Some really far gone sounding blues comes out of this experimentation before it descends into outright noise. Nearly tender is the gentle “Song For Forgetting” whose off-kilter balance gives it a delicacy of sorts, as the fragile structure barely stays afloat. Tying everything together is the blissful album closer, the pristine serenity of “The Third Song For Forgetting”.
With “songs for forgetting” murmer amplifies the minuscule micro sounds that are all around.