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The massive creaks and drones of TITAN: A Crane is a Bridge have barely finished reverberating, but Michael Begg’s back with another full-length for Omnempathy, this time in collaboration with someone or something named Mélenchon Brevé. On One True Vine, The gradual and contemplative style of Bregg’s (sometimes dark-)ambient music meets devotional themes, resulting in a lonesome, rather spiritually-charged melancholy.

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One True Vine by Michael Begg | Mélenchon Brève
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8/10 Jamie Staff review, 28 November 2017

Michael Begg follows up his architecturally towering and monumental drone-work, ‘Titan: A Crane Is A Bridge’ (which I reviewed on these very pages.. possibly a few days ago, how time flies) with another (even more) startlingly, starkly austere set of chamber pieces. This time, Begg has partnered up with somebody who’s wonderfully named: Mélenchon Brève (I’ve no idea who that is, obviously) and it brims over with all kinds of dissonantly vibrating strings flowing around and over the top of each other -- like chilly winds around snowy mountaintops... but I could be saying that because of the picture on the front cover of the CD.

The dark ambient themes that converge here, melt into reflective and devotional tones charged with spirituality and contemplative sorrow. Yes, it’s quite heavy. Deep drones are slightly leavened by skyward-drifting synths and the tolling of a bell, completed with a sad piano outro on the track ‘Sentiment And Loss’. Then it all becomes portentous with doom-laden bass and, later, even a kettle drum, and the heralding of brass instruments…

You get the picture: probably not one to crack open at the office party, but perhaps it’ll soundtrack your forthcoming self-enforced solitude as you attempt to escape the clamouring voices of family, partners, the landlord. You should be so lucky.


9/10 Jeffrey Customer rating (no review), 8th December 2017

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