Dark ambient drone… slothful tonalities trudging through the murk… grimey clunker gadgets tango in the wasteland of tomorrow… these are the images and descriptors that flash through our minds when listening to what is a very, very good split tape release by MyTrip and EUS. MyTrip is from Bulgaria and EUS is from Costa Rica, but one would guess they’d be living in the same town. Maybe they’d be best friends even! Not because the two sides sound a lot alike, but because the conceptual completeness of this release is great start to finish. MyTrip’s composition “Watching Myself” is nine minutes of self discovery and reflection set to music. It builds slowly, as a majority of ambient drone pieces tend to do, with reverberating waves. Then ghostly feedback (or if not feedback controlled higher frequencies that recall microphone squeals) fades in and leads into the finale in a beautiful way. EUS’s side is a six part piece titled “Menester” (or “Necessary” in English – let’s hope that translation is RIGHT). Over the course of the six parts the tonal landscape drifts and shifts, edging closer to actually capturing the sound of something nefarious. The drama inherent in EUS’s work is stellar.
Written by Jeff Daily