AcediaMusic • CD
Dark Ambient • Krautrock • Lo-fi
31/10/2012, Philippe BLACKMARQUIS
Mongolito is the project of Marc De Backer, a well-known musician from the alternative scene in Brussels (ex-Dog Eat Dog & Mucky Pup). After many concerts, he is releasing his first album on the Austrian label Hau Ruck Records. Mongolito's music is 'dark ambient', mainly instrumental. It consists of loops and drones, combined with a drum machine, over which Marc draws melodic lines with his Fender Stratocaster guitar. The compositions evoke Pink Floyd, The Durutti Column, Tangerine Dream, and are immersed in an atmosphere at the boundary between dark-folk and krautrock.
After "Let's Start With Some Pink Medicine", a intro based on a drone, a languid pace and bizarre guitar effects, "All These Stones" immerses the listener in a cinematic universe à la "Twin Peaks" dominated by an obsessive bass riff, above which ghostly voices and plaintive guitars float. "From Harlem To Oostend" relies on a series of minor chords played on the guitar with elaborated vibrato effects, and "Coming Down... The Big End Of Self-Esteem" is a melodic duet between a rhythm guitar and an ethereal solo, reminiscent in some ways of Pink Floyd's Meddle ("One Of These Days").
"NYC Rising" marks the return of ghostly voices, with a girl called Eva declaiming "Les Fleurs du Mal" (Baudelaire) in Polish (!), all this on a beautiful Stratocaster glissando. In "Damascus", the carpet of repetitive high notes reminds us of Robert Fripp (Frippertronics) and Vinny Reilly (The Durutti Column), but when the guitar ignites a beautiful solo with the wah-wah pedal, we think of Jimmy Hendrix...
The next three tracks are performed exclusively on guitar: "Procrastination" has a soft mood, "He Ping Ping" is a frantic improvisation, on the edge of dissonance and "Natureträne", a cover of Nina Hagen, revolves around leaping arpeggios and romantic melodies, reminiscent of And Also The Trees.
The album closes as it opened: in a dark and heavy atmosphere, haunted by evil drones and voices. Note the beautiful graphic design of the album, esp. the cover, "The Silence" by Johann Heinrich Füssli.
In a nutshell: a fascinating album. It shows De Backer's real talent on guitar and in the creation of moods. Cinematic voyages that take their full dimension in concert thanks to video projections and the artist's mysterious look. A very nice discovery, both on CD and in concert! Go for it!
1. Lets start with some pink medicine
2. All these stones
3. From Harlem to Oostend
4. The big coming down...end of self-esteen
5. NYC rising
8. He Ping ping
TONIKOM • Found And Lost
UNDERHILL • Silent Siren
VARIOUS ARTISTS • Symphonies from the abyss
STEREO SIN • Infektion Mensch
THE SOFT MOON • Zeros
BALKANSKY & LOOP STEPWALKER • Adhesion
MATTA & NIVEAU ZERO • Riot / Be Real 12'
KNOWN REBEL • Hollow
GREYHOUND • Prototype
PHILIPP MUNCH • Mondo Obscura
Same combination of genres: DARK AMBIENT + KRAUTROCK + LO-FI
DER BLUTHARSCH • Concert at Magasin4 in Brussels on 15th March 2012
Same genre: DARK AMBIENT
CAVERNA DELLE ROSE • Elysian Chants
DAEMONIA NYMPHE • Witches' Lullaby
FRONT LINE ASSEMBLY • Mechanical Soul
HA:PEOPLE.3.55 • El Dia de la Bestia, Part 2 : WAR!
COLIN EDWIN • POINTS OF ORIGIN
LUKE LUND • Hopium
EMPUSAE • Iter In Tenebris
PETER BJARGO (ARCANA) • Structures and Downfall
ACRETONGUE • Ghost Nocturne
UNIDENTIFIED MAN • Memento Mori
Same genre: KRAUTROCK
MOTOR!K • Motor!k
VARIOUS ARTISTS • A BRIEF HISTORY OF: KRAUTROCK AND THE GERMAN MUSICAL REVOLUTION
CRIMEN • Silent Animals
EXPLODED VIEW • Exploded View
CAMERA • Phantom Of Liberty
JASTREB • Orient And Occident
NOTHING BUT NOISE VS PROTHESE • Music For Muted TV 2
ONE UNIQUE SIGNAL • Hoopsnake
THE LOVED DRONES • Good Luck Universe:
INWOLVES • Involves
Same genre: LO-FI
AMY STUDT • Happiest Girl in The Universe
STACIAN • Person L
XOSAR • Xymeria
LUXVID • Trench
SUBHEIM • Foray
MATT ROCK • Get Blank
LOREN NERELL AND MARK SEELIG • Tree Of Life
THE MEN • New Moon
GERARD HERMAN • Fêta Justice
ENABLERS • Blown realms and stalled explosions