Thursday, April 09, 2015

EP: Monnik - Vondeling

Band: Monnik
Album: Vondeling EP
Label: Consouling Sounds
Year: 2015
01. Vondeling
02. Het Vlakke Land
Monnik (Monk) is a very apt moniker for this Belgian based experimental one-man band. Monnik wants to explore the boundaries of spiritual isolation, making his musical drones almost ascetic meditations. Layer upon layer of sounds and textures try to evoke an almost shamanistic - if not religious - atmosphere, in order to captivate the audience in an introspective hold.
After having crafted his musical explorations for years, and having them tested on numerous live occasions, the time is finally right to officially release his debut album. Vondeling (Foundling) comprises of 2 long tracks, and ranges from subtle and vulnerable ambient pieces to harsher droning sounds. These dynamics are hinting at his fascination for, on the one hand, shamanistic and tribalistic traditions and, on the other hand, the uncompromising and relentless walls of noise of the no-wave scene. 
This debut album is a remarkably mature output of a very promising one-man soundscaper.
For fans of Syndrome.

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