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Dnngischd - Emm dichda Ondrholz [Percht - 2010]

Emm dichda Ondrholz (in the dense brush-wood) is the first album by this Alpine and Swabian woodland influenced dark folk collective. And it offers up a wonderful atmospheric sometimes tuneful mix of Germanic folk, lite folk rock touches, dark, dreamy & doomed forest ambience & all manner of woodland field recordings that are weaved through-out all of the albums 16 tracks to add atmosphere but also act as composition elements too.

The album appears on the excellent Austrian based Percht label which is of course home to the alpine folk inventors Sturmpercht; and through you can here some sonic connection between the two bands Dnngischd very much have there own sound & identity to them. The tracks here are mainly based around dark strummed layers of acoustic guitars which are sometimes joined by more stabbing bleak 80s goth bass lines, subdued electric guitars  & drums. On top of this we have the stern to mournful Germanic vocals which are all sung in deep & orginal Swabian dialect. The folk sides of the album move nicely between been atmospheric & darkly upbeat, to tuneful  yet never overly jaunty or buoyant like say some of Sturmpercht work. There are a selection of other instruments( flute, accordion, synth textures, industrial ruralised percussion ) surrounding the primal acoustic guitar & male vocals but theses are for the most part underplayed & used for subtle texture & tone.

The other major element here is the wonderful placed, rich & at times quite creepy forest sounds & field recordings that appearing through-out the album- we have: forest fire crackle, bird song, owls hoots, footstep crunching, forest stream running & bubbling, boar grunts & other woodland animal sounds, along with all manner of forest sound & texture. Sometimes the band dip down into more ambient or stripped moments where the forest field recordings lay untouched or subtle touched by analogue synth textures, sinister & ritual gong textures, or just general dark woodland cinematic touches. The field recordings are never over used & are placed to enhance the tracks forest feel. There are also sometimes used in the track composition make-up like one track that users sampled boar grunt as part of the acoustic guitar strummed riff, or on another track the goosebumps raising sound of a wolf or a fox bark/call is looped and used as eerier primal horn like stabing like bay under barren guitar picks.

All told a very rewarding, atmospherically deep & sometimes tuneful  debut album that captures wonderful the vibe & spirit of deep, dark & mysterious  Germanic, alpine and Scandinavian forests. To hear/download mp3 samples and buy direct go to here

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Roger Batty
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