A fair warning to those who might not know what they're getting
into: dys is ambient music, pure and simple. There
is nothing accessible to the mainstream here (where mainstream
music includes vocals, guitars and a beat set in a predictable
pattern for around 3 minutes for easy access to radio airplay).
dys is a cooperative project between industrial/ambient
guru Mick Harris (Scorn, Lull, Quoit)
and Ambre as part of the Threesome
Series. Those familiar with Mick Harris' body of works
will no doubt understand the quality and breadth of his experimentalization.
To make a quick comparison to Harris' previous efforts, one
might compare this album, stylistically to efforts made under
the Lull or Main names.
Audiowise, this album is composed purely of electronic sounds,
most placed in slow patterns of low sounds. At times, random
audio elements are dashed in to break up the mood. Any natural
sounds sampled are so deconstructed that they're often unrecognizable.
The opening track, Ome, immediately comes off as disjointed
and unorganized. A sporadic spattering of sounds makes me
think of Main, but after some time it tends to wind
down to a low-toned lull, broken up with intermittent jolts
of sound. Track 2, Blaste, is a droning piece that
reminds me of Harris' work in Lull. It rolls along,
never building up too much steam, but is still pleasant to
have playing in the background. Algie feels less low
tone and has the intrusion of more high-pitched electronic
sounds littered throughout the track. Lithe is similar
to Blaste and Algie, except that it's painted
in a different tonal scheme. Lots of low tones with the occasional
higher pulse in a pattern that's familiar and easy accessible.
Phane is the shortest track on the album, running at
less than five minutes, which is just enough time to establish
it's casual, and even familiar tonal pulse.
On an initial listen, you might find the album odd and even
confusing. After some time, the overall structure becomes
evident and you can even differentiate between the tracks.
Make no mistake, this isn't an album that the casual music
listener will get. Fans of experimental will want to look
into it. I found it a nice change of pace and some portions
of the album were nice, but in the end, it still seemed a
little less impressive than the monolithic albums from Lull.
Still, it's an album worth adding to an experimental collection.