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Robert Rich - Stalker (with B. Lustmord) CD (album) cover


Robert Rich


Progressive Electronic

2.91 | 19 ratings

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2 stars This is very hard one for me to review. It's a very dark and low-key ambient work inspired by the Tarkovsky film, and that's the easiest thing to say. But what it gives to a listener, that's the problem. A quote: "A guide to possible interpretations of an ambivalent reality, a non-Euclidean geometry, as yet unmapped, inaccessible through linear perceptions. To illuminate, decode and decipher this landscape of fractured density, ultimately to deconstruct these unfolding dimensions, where dreams are only whispers."

I have seen and enjoyed the film, and I could simply state that Rich & Lustmord have captured the strangeness of the 'forbidden zone' (and that alone). But that would sound as if I found this music interesting and rewarding to listen. No, it mostly just made me tired and frustrated. It's so minimalistic and eerie in the same way from start to end that it asks TOO much patience. Maybe it would work better as background soundtrack for a horror story.. no, the atmospheres would not fit together anyway. There's just the hollow, estranged sound wallpaper that keeps continuing, with wailing and extremely slow layers of synths and distant-like throbbing or dropping sounds. It evokes images of sinister unknown place; abandoned, post-disaster, unsafe, vast, metallic, threatening... But the whole 68 minutes of it is too much time to waste. The film, very slow and demanding itself too, at least offers a "whole" art experience, whereas listening to this CD just leaves you wandering in the scene all alone and blinded.

The key words, again: DARK, MINIMALISTIC AMBIENT. If you want that and nothing but that, this is your music! Others, just ignore.

Matti | 2/5 |


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