a strange dark place
Deserted Village : DV36 : 2008
Wereju's blurry, eerie drones have a lot in common with Aidan Baker's solo guitarscapes and the massive string tones of Fear Falls Burning, but this is darker stuff than either of those artists. Heavily processed feedback swells in tide-like form, deep and sonorous, and underneath the warbling ambience is a dark soundworld enveloped in shadow. Muted melancholy melodies appear and disappear, soft whorls of sound and far-off klaxon blasts carry over vast expanses of blackness, and reverberating strings hum suspended in the air. Every once in awhile, the sound will begin to overload and distort, and form into a heavy blackened Sunn O))) like drone, but mostly Wereju inhabits a realm of mysterious, drifting, meditative dark ambience.
Some cracking bits in on Deserted Village this week. Shame we cant get more of these limited releases on Deserted Village as they're all of supreme high quality as is this dark droney, mysterious black ambient Compact Disc from Wereju. A Strange Dark Place is its name and that's where it will take you. There are little melodies lurking in the fog and shadows. A fine specimen indeed.
Something entirely different is Wereju of whom it seems like only a few months that i reviewed 'Through The Depths Of Unknowing', but it was really in Vital Weekly 573. Cathal Rodgers is behind Wereju, and his 'A Strange Dark Place' is not unlike his previous 2CD release. Guitars play the all important role again, and they are spiked up with loads and lots of sound effects. Drone music is optima forma. Dark, deep and atmospheric are the keywords to this particular dead end alley of music, and it fits to the music of Wereju. This time it seems that Wereju has moved from say Colin Potter or Paul Bradley to a more Lull oriented sound, but these are the minor differences that comes with the territory. The best piece is 'Is This How It Should End', with its a little bit of sunlight allowed on the winter morning. Wereju does play some great dark mood music, that however holds nothing new under the sun, but throughout its well done.