Leading chamber droners MMMD follow up their monolithic, triple 10" from the year gone with a tape in homage to and mourning a good friend. All recorded from within an apartment, it's a rework of the duo's old material, this time coming in a different but just as sparse set up: piano and sine waves mark this sorta-remix release.
8/10 Robin Staff review, 07 February 2018
This newest tape from the renamed and retooled MMMD sees the duo working in homage to “an unforeseen friend”. Info is sparse, but it’s a quaint and seemingly personal follow-up to their recent monolith of a triple 10”: here, they replace chamber for bedroom, ditching the daunting stirrings of cello and bass that have marked career for piano and sine waves. Think Pisaro before you think Sunn; ‘Andromache’ is their lightest work yet.
Which isn’t to say it doesn’t doom. These tracks are, after all, reworks of old MMMD material, and it shows in the discordant, seemingly untuned piano chords that rouse the record. The distance is still palpable; instead of feeling up and close to their new sonic wares, it feels like we’re down the corridor or approaching on the stairwell. One thing that remains, like a punctuation mark, is their silences: between the final hum of a piano note and the next rise in sine frequency, their tiny moments of pause act like grievous ellipses.
It’s actually quite staggering to hear MMMD be this soft with their doom: their noise is usually both loud and total, never deviating from its course. The quiet, here, almost drives them towards dynamics: "Ez az ember (kobak)" is as theatrical as you'll ever hear a band this famed for droning in place. Usually, you're caught within MMMD's slow storm. On 'Andromache', you have to listen out for them.. Somehow it's just as breathless.
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