Dhusk - Self Titled [Imperial Noir - 2011]Dhusk is a new(ish) project from the man behind the dark, dense, hopeless & crushing HNW of Griz+zlor. This is the projects first release and it comes in the form of a c30 tape.
Though you can hear elements of HNW with-in Dhusk's sound, really you’d have to classfy the project as a mixture of dense ‘n’ dark textural ambience, brooding ‘n’ black noise drone, and sludge noise/industrial matter. The tape features a track per side, and side one is taken up by “I” which is an extremely oppressive & grim mixture of very slow, juddering dark bass grained noise doom, which is threaded with these weird & buried voices that are either chanting or cool/ creepy whispers. The track brings to mind been lost in some subterranean & pitch black cavern network, and you keep hearing mummers of dark chants and voices echoing and creeping around you, as you get more & more lost/ disorientated. The track remains fairly fixed with it’s main sludgy bass noise tone, though it does seem to spread & smear out slightly.And the chanted voices textures are effectively slid back and forth from sonic view.
Side two is taken up by “II”, and this track I guess is closer to HNW territory, through it has more of blacked sludgy industrial noise vibe to it. The tracks built around a slow & darkly throbbing bass embed noise tone, which is weaved with these spaced-out, slow-mo & muffled clashing tone- these sound like slowed sounds of shutting gates or creepy steel-to-steel clicking’s. Through these two elements is a buried & airless sort of thick pitch black ambient drift- your head never seems to fully grasp the full shape and texture of this tone- but you know it’s there, much like murderous eyes watch a victim keenly from the darkly tangled undergrowth of a forest. Again the track doesn’t really alter or shift much, through the slowed clicking sounds do become a little more active & consistent in an almost slowed old school industrial manner towards the end of the track.
I must say I was quite taken by both track here, and if your into deep, dark & sludgy noise ambient mixtures this is a must have item. This tape appeared originally back in September 2011, but sadly it some how got lost in M[m]’s review pile/file system until we moved…so I’m not sure if any of the original C30 tapes copies are left now, through it is available to download here at Imperial Noir's bandcamp . Roger Batty