1. Headscape 12:03
2. Combinations From a Persistent Night 9:50
3. Somewhere Close to the Skin 12:26
4. Selective Memory 10:53
5. Red Mute 8:25
Ninth Desert is the latest solo project of Cyril Herry from France, also known before as Ashes To Ashes, Sechres Mound (a duo in collaboration with Toy Bizarre), Lecanora and Exotoendo.
During the years his music has been released by many international labels including Athanor, Old Europa Cafe, Harmonie, Verato Project, Taâlem / Kokeshidisk and Mystery Sea.
After taking part to our 10th year celebrative on-line compilation in late 2005, Cyril proposed us a full-lenght release. We're therefore happiest to bring "Different Trouble Experiences of Twilight" to your attention.
As the title aptly suggests, the album was recorded using many different kinds of manipulated, stretched, treated and stripped down sound sources.
All the tracks on "Different Trouble Experiences of Twilight" were created mostly at night during Summer 2005 ("Headscape", "Combinations From a Persistent Night" and "Somewhere Close to the Skin") and Summer 2006 ("Selective Memory" and "Red Mute").
They represent different mentalscapes where all elements are forced to coexist in the same time and space by a complex internal memory system.
There's quite a lot of movement in "Headscape", where strained metallic reverberations shift along with low rumbles on a background of micro-actions.
"Combinations From a Persistant Night" suggests distant echoes of symphonic reminiscences as distorted buzzes of misterious machineries flow in and out of the mix.
On "Somewhere Close to the Skin" the sound of metal objects/devices is more than just a conjecture and the tension it creates is gradually filled by a growing background ambience just before dissolving abruptly in silence.
"Selective Memory" continues the journey accompanying the listener's attention - rather than directing it - through more minimal excursions and "Red Mute" closes the album with a pleasant and apparently static drone enriched by subtle use of almost subliminal percussive patterns.
"You see, real fear is not seeing the monster or the gore, real fear it's not quite knowing what it is and that feeling of deep down fear in your very guts. And this manages that edginess wonderful through out, never showing you fully the monster face, spilled entrails or battered flesh. You just see flashes, or edges of the real monster and its aftermath... You can clearly hear Herry has great understanding of sound textures, how to construct them and how to time their entry and exit perfectly..."
Musique Machine [more]
"...Most of what I've written regarding the "Collision H" EP could be repeated about his first full-length, but this is also, predictably, more varied. And possibly darker, with more than a few blood chilling moments, though staying away from most dark ambient projects. The most diverse piece is surely "Somewhere Close to the Skin", with its mind-altering metal rattles, pounding percussion and pink-noise billowing. The rest of the disc offers more of Herry's fine layering of drones and circular frequencies, and the album title is perfect to describe its atmosphere. Take the sinister hum and slow metallic rumbling of the final track, "Red Mute": I wouldn't compare it with anything Lustmord- or CMI-related, but it is no light-hearted wallpaper ambience either. Think of Lull or BJ Nilsen's dark-edged minimalism and maybe you'll get the picture. Awesome stuff."
Chain D.L.K. [more]
"I would have to say that Cyril really knows how to construct dark haunting layers of music that results in one chilling experience. "Different Trouble Experiences of Twilight" is definitely recommended for ambient lovers that appreciate the darkest aspects of the genre."
Lunar Hypnosis [more]
"...this album, recorded mostly at night, is certainly an above par entry in the dark ambient category. The metallic elements of album opener "Headscape" are suffused with slow melancholy notes creating an almost claustrophobic atmosphere shot through with subtly threatening rhythms and the ghost of failing propellers... "Somewhere Close To the Skin" opens with a jangling reminiscent of a distant alarm bell or windchime, at first distant but quickly becoming intrusive the longer it continues, insisting that the listener pay attention and breaking the sense of isolation built up by the two previous tracks. The repetitive quality recalls long forgotten machinery in motion, something old now pressed again into service by an unseen hand. The sense of menace hinted at in "Headscape" returns as the track progresses, building to a crescendo before dissolving abruptly, as if the listener had woken from a bad dream to find themselves in the arid, cold landscape of "Selective Memory", allowing a gradual retreat back into the reflective mood of the first two tracks, slowly forgetting the threat that has caused them to surface from their internal reverie... The album has a cinematic quality (Herry also makes short movies and video installations, including video work for Troum's 2004 tour), but to dismiss this as merely a soundtrack would be to do it a great injustice. "Different Trouble Experiences of Twilight" is much more - it is a confident, well-structured journey, one that requires more than one listen to fully appreciate, and which rewards listeners with a rich, uncluttered soundscape in which to lose themselves."
Connexion Bizarre [more]