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DID - End of Xibalba [Zoharum - 2021]

End of Xibalba is the debut solo album from DID, a Polish female sound artist who in the past has worked with the likes of ambient electronica artist Michał Jabłońki and a few others. This CD album offers up a selection of four tracks, that sit in the more meditative/  spacey spiritual side of the electro-ambient genre- and surprisingly for this type of thing, each track is fairly distinctive in its feel/ sound use.

The release appears on Polish label Zoharum- who is known for putting things out from the wider experimental music scenes- taking in electronica, noise, industrial, ambient etc. The CD comes presented in a matt digipak- this features a blend of an eastern religions type statue, grey texts on white backdrops, and pictures of DID with blue face make-up on.

We kick off with the longest track here “Melting Into Bliss”- where we find just shy of twenty-one and a half minutes worth of lightly circling, expanding, and glowing meditative drone built around a guitar sample. The track has a very mystical eastern type vibe to its glowing throb, and the whole thing is decidedly light and bright in its feel. Next, we have the title track, this rolls in at the six minutes and forty-one-second mark- and finds a blend of waving & repetitive retro synth lines, that are edged by the higher buzzing and simmer space pluses- all to giving a decidedly clumsy if appealing enough 70’s vibe.

Track number three is the ten minutes forty of “God Knows What’s Next”- and here we find a blend of warmer vibe key like hovers, simmer synth string tones, and slicing-to-ringing like electro pitch climbs. Lastly, we have the shortest track here “Lightment” which rolls in at just over the four-minute mark- here we find electro warbled and stretched female vocals, drifting in a mass of glowing and ringing tone wash- I’m afraid to say this track didn’t little or nothing for me, and felt structural rather a mess- which is a pity, as the rest of the album is listenable/ appealing enough.

For the most part End of Xibalba is an enjoyable and suitably entrancing example of more meditative/ space bound electro ambience- I just wish DID had left the last track off, as it does rather taint what we heard before. So I’d say if this sounds like your type of thing, certainly dive in just avoid the final track!.

Rating: 3 out of 5Rating: 3 out of 5Rating: 3 out of 5Rating: 3 out of 5Rating: 3 out of 5

Roger Batty
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