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MYEIN

Maeror Tri

 

Progressive Electronic

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Dobermensch
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5 stars A genuine work of genius from three German guitarists who played their instruments in such a way that there's no semblance of guitar sound by its completion.

'Maeror Tri' reincarnated as 'Troum' who continue to record to this day and have released some equally beguiling and emotionally enthralling guitar and electronic based albums, but I don't think anything comes close to this. There's so much beauty amongst the bleakness on 'Myein'. One of those once in a life-time occurrences where everything just fell into place perfectly without effort.

I bought this in '95 upon release and was instantly delighted with the cardboard triangular packaging. 1995 is around the peak year of creativity for 'Maeror Tri'. It's also among their last after 7 years of hit and miss recordings. They were always similar to English experimentalists 'Zoviet France' in approach, using acoustic instruments that were filtered and distorted so highly that they became indecipherable to the human ear.

Their name translates as 'The Mourning Three' and 'Myein' begins with the gothic droning of 'Phlogiston'. A beatless throng of strange guitar-like pulses that slowly emerge stronger and more powerful as it progresses. Despite being the weak link on 'Myein' it still holds a malevolent threat and intensity but is slowly submerged by following two masterworks.

Easily the most tuneful track they ever laid down on tape; 'Desiderium' floats around airily with 'Durutti Column' sounding guitars but creates a much darker atmosphere. I can't think of a prettier, yet more miserable tune I've ever heard. It's a desperately serious vibe that is produced throughout this long album and is certainly not a happy one. But for old miserablists like me this is the creation of something beautifully sad. A monumental, hypnotic and dreamy recording that has that definite 'Maeror Tri' alien guitar sound that no-one else has even come close to competing with.

It's the 46 minute self titled track that sets this apart from any of their contemporaries. It belongs in my top 20 'Desert Island Disc' tunes. A grim swirling thrall of vaguely guitar-like sounding instruments float and bob around like a drowning man at sea. 'Stars of the Lid' type ambience follows as that poor drowning guy sinks ever downwards in slow motion. A continuous sense of threat prevails even though the sounds are so quiet and relaxed. It's an odd combination that they somehow manage to juggle with a serendipitous outcome. To my noise damaged ears this is symphonic.

It's that fine unidentifiable line between beauty and ugliness. After being immersed in this track for 14 minutes I start to hear a water spirit 'Kelpie' ringing tiny bells in my face. At 22 minutes I feel like I'm stuck in a grandfather clock at microbic size where the bell delay sound is huge. A tune, of sorts, slowly grinds into action at 27 minutes - one that is deep, yet light and otherworldly raising 'Myein' to a higher level of excellence. A cavernous last 10 minutes ensues with a gorgeous, simplistic tune that warbles and falters to its conclusion. It's all just perfectly balanced.

'Myein' may well be my favourite ambient recording of all time. It's such a pity that no-one else seems to have heard this. I don't even know if it's available any longer. If it is - you don't know what you're missing folks. An undoubted masterpiece of dark ambience that I'd recommend to listeners of 'Lustmord', 'Voice of Eye', 'Aphex Twin' and 'Zeit' era 'Tangerine Dream'.

Perfect.

Dobermensch | 5/5 |

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