Between Two Yearthousands

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Between Two Yearthousands is a collaboration between Germany's Dronaement (aka Marcus Obst) and France's Rabbits' Sorrow -- Sébastien Roux's first outing under that name, after participating on records by Un Automne à Lobnor and Oldine. It takes the form of a gentle guitar drone affair, simple yet lush, enveloping, and lulling. Comparisons to Stars of the Lid are inevitable when you step into this style of music, but even though Obst and Roux use similar crude recording means (four-track tape and mini-disc), they achieve an end result intentionally more polished. There is no grit, no noise pollution, no distortion let loose. The music soars, pure and ethereal, hitting a peak of crystal in "Awake Tired," a piece that beats Rafael Toral at his own game. The first half of this 47-minute CD is filled by the five-part "Ladoga Horses," a mellow succession of moods and textures. The second half showcases shorter settings, including a remix by Roux of an untitled track (or is it the track "Untitled"?). That's the only time electronics step to the front of the stage. Dronaement and Rabbits' Sorrow don't reinvent the wheel with this album, but they deliver a first-class soundtrack for your next out-of-body experience.

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