Thursday, August 16, 2012

Daniel Menche

Once again, I'm late to the party.

Having been heavily involved in listening and creating experimental, drone, noise, whathaveyou for a however many years, Daniel Menche is a name that comes up all too often, and for good reason. He has an extensive discography and his records really don't sound like anyone else. They're harsh, haunting, beautiful - sometimes all at once.

But for some reason I never really took the plunge. I knew he was out there, knew he was one of those "must listens," but I suppose I never really got around to it.

But after stumbling upon his blog, I realized my error. First off, his photography work is really interesting. I'm convinced Portland is magical. Plus, he's got a series of raw field recordings loaded to his Soundcloud, which honestly could be stand-alone albums (check out the "Abandoned School Basement" - it's really creepy and awesome). But he's also uploaded a ton of albums to his Bandcamp, which is great for someone like me who isn't sure where to start. I'm listening to the Utech releases, "Terre Paroxysm" and "Wolf's Blood" today, and I'm really enjoying them. You should go and check them out. They both feature some really icy tones with some more textured, harsher elements expertly mixed in. It's great work.

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