Raison d’etre & Troum – “XIBIPIIO.In And Out of Experience” Album Review (ambient/drone)

XIBIPIIO.In And Out of Experience

A collaboration of two legends of the dark ambient & drone arenas is the reason for our offering today; the new album from Raison d’etre & Troum; XIBIPIIO.In And Out of Experience courtesy of Transgredient Records & Drone Records.

From Drone Records: Based on a notion of the fascinating Amazonian Piraha tribe, this is an excursion into nine different micro-worlds of perception and consciousness….Music that reaches for the eternal, but it only exists in the very moment.”

This album represents the second installment of the duo’s collaboration which began in 2013.  In this particular release, Raison d’etre is responsible for all of the source material while Troum worked with guitars, voices, flutes, accordion, cello, violin, didgeridoo, dombra, tapes and found sounds.

The intriguing and intricate journey begins with a multi-layered piece like shards of ice sliding, melting down a pristine glass plane.  One thing that is incredibly clear with track 1, “In Den Wellen, Ein Sehnen” and even more-so in track 2, “The Machine Starts to Sing,” is the resulting mix like the sonic equivalent of a 3-D movie; one artist’s work in the foreground and the other, background.  Track 2, “The Machine Starts To Sing,” appears as virtual surround sound with gliding ambient waves in the background fluctuating in volume and degree of warmth.  Seemingly closer to the listener is a collection of repeated strikes of what appears as found or percussive objects.  Track 4, “Ardaga” is intriguing in its low-end drone background and high note ambient key dynamic followed then by a slowly-moving mid-range warm tone coming closer to the listener from the front.  This track is a great example of how haunting the album can be at times; in this track’s case sounding like some kind of a transcendental spectral transition.  There seems to be a very gray line between the real and the imaginary with this record.  Are those real voice samples emanating from the planes and walls of sound or are they simple results of the magical combination of sounds?  I’m certain we are better off leaving it to our own imaginations.

Regardless, it’s nice to know that in a sea of ambient, drone artists, there are still those out there who are willing (or are just plain natural magicians at) pushing barriers between sound an imagination, even breaking them down and building their own.

For this album to truly be appreciated, it is advisable to listen to this through the headphones or in a surround-sound environment.  It really is like a journey with nine separate scenes or even states of consciousness.

XIBIPIIO.In And Out of Experience is available now as a 6-panel digipack CD and digital version.




Please note:  The following track does not come from the current album but from the previous collaboration between these two artists.


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