Daniel Menche - Bleeding Heavens [Blossoming Noise - 2007]Bleeding heavens soaks the listener in suffocating and building audio tension, all of the four long tracks feel like your almost on a mental rack as Menche's stretches the grey & often painful drones and boil edges to there limit, seemlyalways on the edge of exploding and melting your mind.
The four pieces are built around deconstructed organ and trumpet sounds, though little of the instruments original textures and traits seem in evidence any longer- as Menche's has pulled and streached their skins into long painful drones that are akin to staring into white neo too long, or dry static crackles and low down throbbing feedback pluses, or biting sonic revolutions that he aptly pans around the stereo channels like strange slowed down swarming or hovering tones. One the highlights is track two, which is also the longest track here. It starts off with deep dark drone craft, with the organ tone relative recognizable, But as the track goes on Menche adds in soldering iron flesh bounces, dark and nightmarish harmonic, which all feel akin to been engulfed by vast black throbbing fog banks. All conjuring up a wonderful bleak, pressing, cinematic slice of breathless tension.
I think this stands as one of my favourite of Menches releasers as been able to make an album thats both texturally and atmosphical edgy, but at the same it’s very listenable and hypnotic. He’s also made sure the ideas out stay there welcome, which has been a problem in some of his other work.Roger Batty