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DARSOMBRA  Nymphaea Remixes  CDR   (Public Guilt)   7.98
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Public Guilt Commissioned this compilation of remixes for the Darsombra track "Nymphaea", which appeared on the debut album Ecdysis in 2006. It's one of the best tracks from the Baltimore one-man psych/dirge project, a throbbing kraut-y bass groove riding on waves of melodic distorted guitar and droning distorted ambience, and lends itself nicely to a variety of interpretations and mutations. The original studio recording of "Nymphaea" opens the disc, and it's then followed by twelve different artists all doing their own unique reconfig of the song, and the lineup includes a bunch of my favorite drone/ambient/noise groups, including Max Bondi, Ala Muerte (both of who shared their own collaborative limited edition CDR on Public Guilt not long ago, a really fantastic little dose of blown-out, blissed out ambient crunch), Pulsoc, Japanese speedjunknoise god Guilty Connector, Magicicada, Swiss turntable droneologist Strotter Inst., Destructo Swarmbots, Blood Fountains (the new dark ambient project from artist Stephen Kasner), Decimation Blvd. with Darla Hood, The Heirs Of Rockefeller, Le Knell, and last but not least, the new C-Blast house band Perfekt Teeth. These interpretations run the gamut from strange drone-pop numbers littered with the sounds of children's toys, to pulsating dronescapes with an amazing soulful female voice singing in Latin, massive slabs of blown-out ambient sludge, guitar-heavy riffscapes, and minimalist deconstructions of the original track's skeletal form, each track extrapolating on "Nymphaea"'s throbbing bass and vaguely Middle Eastern sounding guitar lines. Pretty damn great, and I bet that even drone fans who have never heard the original Darsombra album would dig this disc heavily. Released in a limited edition of 250 copies and packaged in a very cool silkscreened sleeve with a translucent vellum insert, all designed by artist Chase Middaugh, who has put together the artwork for releases from Suishou No Fune, Aidan Baker, and Heavy Winged, among others.


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