Ellende – No holiday without a funeral

Almost two hours of music on two cd’s by a mysterious project called Ellende, a Dutch word meaning ‘misery’. I believe though that this project is based in Tokyo, and that it is sort of a loose collective with various members involved. The sound material sounds somewhat improvised. Slowly evolving monotonous pieces, with a ritual character. Deep drones and rumblings, subtle noises, strange voices form mysterious soundscapes. The music has a somewhat impersonal character, making you think of isolation and otherworldy spheres. Not fascinating enough though to keep me interested for two hours, but suitable as drony background music.

artist: Ellende
label: Somnambulant Corpse