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Above, Within and Beyond,
This review is from: In Dust (Audio CD)
Roll The Dice are Swedish duo Malcolm Pardon and Peder Mannerfelt. 'In Dust'
is their second studio album (their eponymously titled debut appeared in 2010).
Most extant reviews make mention of their use of analogue synthesisers to
create their electronic soundscapes but we need not concern ourselves
overmuch with the details of their chosen technologies. It is the inherent
drama of their music which grasps our imagination, sweeping us along into
some very dark corners of the listening world. There are eleven pieces in
the set and their organic ambience belies the subtle use of structure, tonal
colour and rhythm to flesh-out the often simple thematic ideas. The additive
progression of 'Idle Hands', for example, commences with a pulse not unlike a
heartbeat; the gradual superimposition of layer upon layer of synchronized
elements dances in and around the central motif creating tension and a palpable
sense of anxiety in its brief two and a half minute time-span. 'Dark Thirty'
begins with a seminal subterranean piano figure which echoes out of the depths.
The rich chords which follow suggest cavernous cathedral-like spaces above us
as well as below. 'Cause and Effect' seems to transport us to the vast spaces
between the stars and 'The Skull Is Built Into A Tool' might well have been
built in the Devil's own workshop. A bristling and brooding chthonic nightmare.
Opening track 'Iron Bridge', however, takes the biscuit for sheer monumentality,
the vast edifice of resonating chords echoing out into the blind edges of infinity.
'In Dust' is a deeply rewarding journey into uncharted musical territory.