Review Summary: Dark and scary this was not made for listeners looking for some happy tunes. Prepare to experience a darker side of your consciousness.
At times ambience can be a fickle beast but impressively Lustmord has released a record that is full of ambience and a higher level of atmosphere that shows in a brighter light the darker side of ambience. [OTHER] is a release that could be defining everything that is ‘dark ambience’. From four minutes recordings to twenty two minute sessions this album will have the listener captivated from start to finish and all over again. Simply described as spooky this record will leave the listener a lot to digest over the length of a seventy-eight minute long working.
Known for his field recordings of bat filled caves, rituals and slaughterhouses listeners can expect something out of the ordinary from the likes of Lustmord.
Listeners should immediately notice the dark and ‘brooding’ nature of this record and for good reason. There is no need to sugar coat or find a way to see this as anything else. Lustmord immerses the listener and traps them in a field of ambience and darkness. While obviously the main theme presented by ‘[OTHER]’ is the ever present level of brooding darkness that at times can be downright scary this record does have a flaw in its making. The flaw comes in a very simple manner that most groups find unavoidable throughout all points of their careers i.e. listeners may find this becoming a tedious and over long listen. However to fully appreciate the masterpiece that is ‘[OTHER]’ listeners must first work themselves over the ‘hump’ that this record contains. To further the listeners’ acceptance of this record they must also pay close attention to the sound sources, its unusual mediums to grasp the overall technicality of an album that may for the most part need multiple listens to fully appreciate.
For listeners into the dark, moody, ambient or into anything unusual they should be urged to give this a go. Those same listeners should also be urged not only to listen to this, but also check out some of Lustmord’s other workings. There is much to be heard here and much to look forward to on this near perfect record, as long as listeners can make it past the ‘tediousness’ of some of the albums inner workings. This was made for the listeners’ darker side of their consciousness. The only question is the listener ready for it? There is not too much darker or greater than this in the ambient genre.