Disen Gage - Nature

3 songs
48:34 minutes
***** ****
(No Name)


Half a year ago, Russian band Disen Gage surprised with the release of their short album Hybrid Stage. Unlike their more accessible progressive rock output from days past, they decided to head into a more experimental direction, by conduction research in a laboratory Ė the guys are thoroughbred scientists! Ė and improvising on their instruments while doing so.

Now they are back with their new album Nature, and if you thought or hoped that they would go back to their roots, you couldnít be more mistaken. In fact, Nature is even weirder and less musical than anything they did before. The album contains three tracks, each a quarter hour long, and all of them are field recordings treated through multiple electronic filters. As such, Nature is actually telling a story, beginning with Planets far away in our solar system, on the planet Jupiter, from which they captured sound waves emitted by the giant gas planet. There is a certain rhythm to it, but mostly a harsh white noise background that makes you feel like watching an old Soviet science fiction movie. The following Trains takes us back to Planet Earth, at night in the dangerous vicinity of the Moscow railroad station Sortirovochnaya where the two sound engineers recorded the noises of trains, and once again all of this has a slow, drony rhythm that perfectly recreated the power inherent in the behemoth locomotives. The concluding Animals finally immerses the listener into regular nature field recordings, of the sounds from various animals recorded all over the world. Only the last few minutes add some electric guitars, maybe a hint that Disen Gage are deep within themselves still a rock band.

For those of you who are of a more visual kind, let it be said that you watch the entire album also on YouTube. Disen Gage made an video collage that works as an inspiring backdrop for the music or should I rather say: noise?

Where the previous Hybrid State made for some challenging listening, access to Nature is actually more immediate, even though itís not what we usually understand by music. Instead, this is the music of nature: harsh, violent, rhythmic, devoid of sweet harmonies and melodies. Itís not what I would listen to while driving my car or operating heavy machinery, but itís somehow a soothing background for lying on the couch and reading a book. Usually I am not a fan of such experimental fare, but Nature somehow has that certain something that makes you coming back to it.

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