Brazilian artist Gimu trades in dark, bubbling drone ambience, with the kind of prolific work ethic seemingly intrinsic to the genre. This latest outpouring, Of The Spirit, Of The Space, is a particularly firm work, pushing into deep territory and dragging the listener down with it. CD edition on UAE Records.
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- Of The Spirit, Of The Space by Gimu
7/10 Laurie Staff review, 02 September 2015
This is deep. Gimu is a Brazilian purveyor of rich cinematic ambience, burying grand, almost neo-classical elements deep in cavernous reverbed spaces and extremely downcast emotions. He abandoned the institution of ‘the band’ fully in 2010 to pursue a solitary life on top of a groan drone where he watches his former collaborators tote their guitars.
OTS, OTS is a record consumed by tumult; its heart bleeds difficulty and its pores sweat pain. Over the top of the usual yawning low melodies flits tiny tinkle noises, maximised by echo, and Burial-esque street crackle and the occasional snippet of voice. There are even some faint drums during opener ‘Hidden In Darkness’, sounding a funereal march on the other side of Gimu’s imaginary valley. The one issue with these sort of drone records is density. Or more precisely, a lack of varying density. Most fall into the trap of being fully enclosing at all times, and while this has a constant sort of artificial space throughout, it doesn’t succumb to it as much as some records. Tim Hecker got there first, dudes. But yeah, this mostly avoids that by using some pre-build sparse moments as well as counteracting the intensity with subtle classical instrumentation, a nice, singular sound to offset the cloud.
Things get real fuzzy at ‘Never Seen Never Known’ for all you overdriven drone-heads. Near the centre of the album are some positive harmonies for those after more peaceful moods.
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