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Lambwool is a French multi-faceted dark waving ambient / progressive synthedelica project founded by Cyril Laurent. Discovered by the legendary Divine Comedy Records, the project also offered a handful of classical albums for the independent label OPN records. Among the top French projects in the related down-tempo / ambient universe.

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Fading Landscapes
2005
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...And The Angel Is Gone
2008
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Mono
2009
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A Sky Through The Wall
2012
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Vanish
2014
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 Mono by LAMBWOOL album cover Studio Album, 2009
4.00 | 1 ratings

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Mono
Lambwool Progressive Electronic

Review by DamoXt7942
Forum & Site Admin Group RIO/Avant/Zeuhl & Neo Teams

— First review of this album —
4 stars "Mono" is not a monotone.

LAMBWOOL's "Mono" released in 2009 is a conceptual album including two long tracks (Part 1 & 2) maybe for representing monotonous atmosphere just like the monotonous sleeve pic. But the content cannot be mentioned simply as above.

From just the beginning of the first track Part 1, I cannot avoid feeling theatrical improvement and continuous beauty brought up all of a sudden. Exactly more monotonous and more of fragility than his debut shot can be heard via this stuff, but not tiresome (of course!) ... beneath the monotonous sea, ambient musical therapy regulated with theoretical method for melody lines. Dramatic, suggestive and addictive sound cries here and there, based upon wavy freak-out drone background. Upon another moment, looks like I should swim in a cool lake surfaced by clear blue ice. The musical lake, veiled in a mysterious oxygenic water where an embryo lives safe and sound, has some capacity for every inner mind.

Part 2 sounds like a lullaby featuring heartwarming mother's touches and hallucinogenic movements. There are vacant moments filled with meaningful sound elements ... and amazingly every little vacancy should be a threshold into the next tonic occasion. As if he might make a strong resistance against an invisible wall, a mass of electronic bullets created via his synthesizer attack and hit against transparency. And ultimately the last 5 minute phrase is a dramatic epilogue containing a beautiful graceful melody trip that can be called as such an ambient Fantasia.

As a result, I cannot help considering that every electronic monotone would assemble together towards a music elixir otherwise.

  Fading Landscapes  by LAMBWOOL album cover Studio Album, 2005
4.00 | 1 ratings

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Fading Landscapes
Lambwool Progressive Electronic

Review by DamoXt7942
Forum & Site Admin Group RIO/Avant/Zeuhl & Neo Teams

— First review of this album —
4 stars Amazing he has created such a rich, prolific landscape with inorganic, monotonous sound unification. His brilliant watery sound maze may get to be something like a hallucinogenic agent for our brain, I suppose.

Exactly just the beginning of the first track "Sylvhydres" excretes magnificent weirdness, that squeezes a large expectation into our memory. Can feel confident in his brilliance occasionally via theatrical, kaleidoscopic electronic development. In the following "Wake" (and one of my faves), gorgeous classical strings movements seasoned with downtempo suppressive percussion mysteriously via ears stimulate our inner mind. This phenomenon notifies us he has been enormously influenced by classical scene, but construct his original sound space not only with the scene but with various musical genres. In "On The Ceiling" massively percussive footsteps sound like a sutra cadence background in a religious rite, that drives us into psychological sublimation and some danceable phrases give us heartwarming palpitation. Exactly like the title, "Fragile" is really drenched in wet, tough auditory fragility blended with tragic strings or serious metallographic vibrations. A dark tribalism filled with floating flowery freakout flavour is the remarkable characteristic of "To The Marble Temple" as if in a temple or shrine obviously.

In "Stairs" are a bunch of organic organ-based orgasms along with electronic chorus occultism and simple monotonous rigid, rigorous sound edges. Cannot avoid feeling something of human fragility as the previous one. "Past Lives" sounds like a song of the previous life remembered clearly beneath our inner mind ... ethnic percussion should bring us mystic memory back long past. And wondering what the title "When I Was A Hero" means. Guess he had been heroic upon some starless underground scene where atmospheric ambience was launched here there everywhere. On the other hand, "Dahlia" or "Shaman", full of fantastic peculiar solemnness, might be expressed as his condition or his eternal musical target I imagine ... hypnotic repetitive phrases turn around like the guru's words especially in the latter track. The last "Reminiscence" should be blown away like the dead tree drawn upon the sleeve, namely the stereotype for electronic / drone / ambient. What a promising suggestion by him.

A splendid soundscape coloured apparently with over-genre-ish variations, not only drone nor ambient.

 Vanish by LAMBWOOL album cover Studio Album, 2014
4.00 | 2 ratings

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Vanish
Lambwool Progressive Electronic

Review by philippe
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars Among the major musicians to be signed on the excellent and innovative independent label OPN records, Cyril Laurent (aka Lambwool) figures among the new emblematic musicians of spaced-out synthscaping oddisseys from France. Richfully textured, heart-touchingly melodious and softly moving this latest album entitled Vanish is a beautiful meditative and restful synth-inflected excursion with reminiscence to the best offers in that field of sound experiments, notably from France with artists such as Bernard Xolotl or Didier Bocquet to name a few. If the past releases were surfing on more darkened ambient territories, this new release is an achieving ethereal ambient work with some deliciously evocative, immersive moments as in the magnificent self-title. A piece such as "Twisted" is more turned to ghostly post-industrial enthralling ambiences with deep bass drones, desperate echoing scintillations and detached piano touches. A few ravishing and impressionistic acoustic elements painted by the violin brings to the pieces a sonorous poetical flavour ("Closed door"). Vanish is a brilliantly sentimental, sweetly dream-like electronic ambient work that will unconditionally satisfy fans of the genre. An other delicate, emotionally charged and compelling cinematic ambient walk by this now unmissable project by a key personality of neo-kosmische musik and subtlly expressive drone ambient. Recommended.
 A Sky Through The Wall  by LAMBWOOL album cover Studio Album, 2012
4.00 | 1 ratings

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A Sky Through The Wall
Lambwool Progressive Electronic

Review by philippe
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

— First review of this album —
4 stars Lambwool is the project name of the french multi-instrumentalist and sound sculptor Cyril Laurent. This one man project is among the leading ones published by the independent and innovative label Opn Records (mostly known for covering new and challenging works offered by the French's industrial, post-metal, electronic drone ambient underground scene). Before to had signed materials on Opn, Lambwool published two albums on the now cult but dissolute Divine Comedy Records. In this double album, Cyril Laurent carries on the stylistic path already explored in his previous offers, focusing his interest on infinitely enthralling and moving darkened synthesized chords and deep droney sequences. If his first Opn album entitled Mono appeared to be focused on lengthy synthesized moves in a very spacious-isolationist style, this double album explores more post-industrial schemes within a very addictive, sonically dense atmosphere. Exclusively instrumental and playful, all pieces architecture are organized around majestic cinematic keyboards, electrified guitar motifs and acoustic piano minimalism. What makes Lambwool musical identity rather unique is the original use of evocatively melodious elements next to more psych-acoustic experiments. High class compositions, deeply emotional, cerebrally meditative ambient excursions at its finest. This double album is divided in two chapters, the first is based on new materials around a cohesive sound direction, the second one delivers unreleased pieces taken from unreleased old materials, demo tracks. The least I can say is that the two parts offer absolutely gorgeous and utterly absorbing expressive drone ambient textures. My favorite track remains the self-titled track with its refined, enveloping synthscaping lines. If we except the works of Lecanora, Collapsar (?) very few are the dark space ambient artists who are coming from France.

No doubt that with this little classic double album Lambwoll figures at the top of the list. This one can also ravish fans of earliest Klaus Schulze (Cyborg, Timewind?), dronescaping post-rockin atmospherics of Beneath the Lake, Time Hecker or the spacious timbres of analog synth music designed by Steve Roach among many others.

Thanks to philippe Blache for the artist addition.

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