By Marcus Pan
Made up of brothers Luc and Nicolas Reverter, Melmac
come to us from Paris on Ronda Records. The gist is a dark ambient format. A
bit annoying, but the tracks on Melmac are listed as I.2 through
IX.2 without what I would call real song names. Lets
I.2 sneaks in behind the walls, knocking slightly as
the storm builds, a slow moving nightmare that oozes into the room. An acoustic
guitar sidles in quietly, strumming a lonely tune. Spoken French comes in next
as the track grows more ominous. Electronic feedback kills the track and spills
us into II.2 after a fade out.
A bit more energy arrives in the form of swirly guitars and
strumming acoustics, backed against windy storm clouds and a sense of
foreboding. III.2 continues in this vein with pleasant guitars backed
against a dark, evil transluscent backwash. Its an interesting effect,
pleasant on the forefront but damning on the inside. The backwash grows over
the guitars, overtaking any niceness as it bubbles over into the forefront and
trashes the pleasantries after which a light organ plays a funeral dirge before
we are left alone.
IV.2 is a sudden switch, almost silly with a hoppy
shaky rhythm. For V.2 were again adrift in ambience, ghostly
surroundings and barely discernible discussion bubbles up like a frothy
undertow. VI.2 is similar but spacey and I dig where it takes me.
IX.2 brings Melmac to a close with electro-washes that fade us back to
reality, though the track lasts a bit longer than Id like.
I thought Melmac was pretty well done, combining elements of
folk-like guitar melodies and modern ambient movements, Melmacs
third release is fine for your darker pleasant evenings. Its smooth
enough to be background fodder, yet engaging enough to take you places.
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