"After the much praised collaboration with RAISON D’ETRE released summer 2015 (“De Aeris In Sublunaria Influxu”) and the final volume of the ‘Power Romantic’ trilogy with “Mare Morphosis” in late 2013, “Acouasme” is the first full length album from TROUM in over 2 years. With this album, TROUM wanted to go in a completely different direction, creating a ‘harsher’ and more ‘Industrial’ sounding album as a contrast to previous releases. But through the trademark troumatic machining, the final result doesn’t sound at all like standard harsh noise – it’s rather industrial noise as if filtered through a feverish dream, through a deranged perception. The six long tracks of pestering transrational drones on “Acouasme” sound like an aural psychiatric symptom, a humming hallucination leaving the stable reality." [press release]
"Acouasme is the first proper full length in two years from these aQ beloved dronelords, and finds the duo attempting a harsher, more industrial sound, but harsh and industrial, at least in the hands of Troum, ends up sounding way more beautiful than brutal, a series of hypo-drone rituals, dense and dark, droney and dreamy.
Each of the six tracks here is a sprawling wash of groaning metallic buzz and grinding subsonic thrum, pocked with fleeting flecks of melody and driven by abstract rhythmic pulsations, again, not so much harsh, as sinister and cinematic, shadowy and ominous. In fact, much of Acouasme is actually quite lovely, albeit that grim, foreboding sort of loveliness that evokes all sorts of existential dread. Tracks unwind languorously, like a creeping black fog of abstract ambience, occasionally giving way to blurred choral shimmer, or collapsing into rib cage rattling sub-bass throb. Amidst these tranquil soundscapes, lurk both blurry bursts of blackened beauty, and heaving, churning tarpit rhythms, all wreathed in gristled swirls of decayed sound, getting downright heavy at times, but always seeming to settle back into more hazy, hypnotic black drift.
The closer is the most obviously rhythmic, an inky morass of layered swirl and roiled grey noise, wound around strange sonar pings, fractured sine waves, and distant melodies, all driven by a loping, lumbering slowcore beat, the end result sounding a bit like a drugged out, droned out Aluk Todolo, or some lost This Heat record spinning at 16rpm!" [Aquarius Records 02/2016]
released December 30, 2015
Everything recorded & mixed endlessly by TROUM through the years 2007 - 2015.
Used and abused: electric and acoustic guitars, voice, field recordings (Monte Pisano, La Gomera, Hamburg Landungsbrücken), cello, instrumentum primitivum, flute orientale, cymbals, metal objects, cylinder music box, tapes..
Thanks to: Markow C. for the mastering, Ingo Schulz & Jens Hagen for backing sounds on 'Signe du Miroir'.