Trou - Vampyr [Ominous Recordings - 2020]Vampyr is a recent release from French project Trou- whose work flits between walled noise & harsh noise with an often moody & uneasy edge to it. This release is a C60/digital release on respected Stockholm based label Ominous Recordings- the tape version of this sold-out fairly fast, though you can still get hold of the digital download.
It must be a year or two since I last heard anything from this project, though I think it has remained fairly consistent with its release patterns since around 2012. As I mentioned in my introduction this project output is decidedly mixed in its genre- so with any of their releases you have to be fairly open with what to expect, and on Vampry it’s just the same as we find a sound that brings together elements industrialized wall-craft, atmospheric based wallish harsh noise, and more stark post-industrial sound making- all very much leaning towards the timeless horror based theme.
The tape is bookend with two longer nineteen to twenty-one-minute tracks- with two shorter tracks making up the rest of each side. The release kicks off with the track “Awaken In the Dark”- this moves between cruel & barren textured noise with a creepy undercarriage, onto dense crunching & slicing fields of churn, through to more stark industrial ambience . The second track on the first side is “Exil Of Life “ and this is the shortest track here at just over six & half minutes- here we find a manic collision between spinning ‘n’ cluttering noise texturing underfed by subtly sinister moodiness.
Flipping over & we find the title track- this moves between fairly rapid & crude static juddering, stretched & very hazed mid to low-end brood fare- it’s ok I guess in its feeling of ageless hovering dread, but it did feel rather like a chore to get through. The tape finished off with “Pillars Of Bone”- this opens in cruel- yet semi wonky fashion with a blend sustained like metallic droning nastiness- this is wrapped in a caustic skin of constantly descending mid-range crackle, lo-fi industrial churn, and hazed weathered-ness. This track is back to up the quilty of the first two tracks.
On the whole, Vampyr is a rewarding & creative blend of grimly moody noise genre-blending- as I say above the middle track drags somewhat, but it still retains the vibe & the feel of the rest of the tracks. It’s nice to hear new work from Trou, and I’m hoping the gap between me hearing more new stuff won’t be long, as issues aside with tape, Trou does have it's own distinctive & often grimly atmospheric take on noise making.Roger Batty