Obscured By Beams Of Sorrow is a great title for a drone collaboration isn’t it? Potently evocative and suggestive of haze. This album results from the meeting of Hakobune and Dirk Serries, both experienced in the field of experimental ambience, and evidently both quite good at working with others! Japanese CD release on White Paddy Mountain.
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7/10 Laurie Staff review, 23 September 2015
Clint got lost in the list of Hakobune releases on our site and eventually gave up trying to describe this to me. I mean, this guy done maked loads of swirls, solo and with others almost in equal parts. That thing he did with fellow beam explosion Chihei Hatakeyama, It Is, It Isn’t, was really nice, as is the majority of stuff on White Paddy Mountain. Not too familiar with Dirk Serries, but his credits are far and wide, ranging from orchestras to MBV to Steven Wilson.
Don’t worry, this ain’t prog ambient. It’s steadily drifting sustained electric guitar, smudged into pure tones and drenched in enveloping reverb. The moods covered are those of wonderment and positivity; as WPM state, it feels like a “deep bamboo forest”. I can see that, the swaying of the branches mimicked by naturally rising string plucks, but if plucked in super slow motion. Listen to this on a sunny winter’s day at the beach and pretend to be floating in the water but actually stay well clear cuz it’ll be freezing. At least here in Engerlund. So yeah, Obscured by Beams of Sorrow doesn’t surprise in any way - you know what you’re getting by now. Gleaming, glimmering niceness. I can’t help but get the feeling that the game needs to be changed slightly, new elements introduced, some dissonance here and there, I dunno. It’s ambient.
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