Meus
Miserere Mei Deus


4.0
excellent

Review

by DungeonBoy USER (11 Reviews)
January 9th, 2018 | 21 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A compelling testament to compositional quality

Anyone familiar with Meus’ debut, Downpour, and recent follow-up, September, should have a good idea of what to expect on his latest outing, Miserere Mei Deus. Consisting solely of instrumental acoustic guitar, the 5 tracks contained herein beautifully flow from song to song over this 17 minute album. Each piece can stand alone on its individual merit, however, the carefully chosen order produces an enjoyable experience from start to finish.

The compositions vary from the more intricate and layered tracks such as “Hymn IV” and “Head of Bone”, to the more minimalistic, “Kaleb”, however the dynamic shifts throughout create a variance that keeps the entire record interesting. Subtle use of delay and reverb add a touch of brilliance to each masterfully plucked note, however the shimmering brightness of the steel stringed acoustic and Meus’ intricate playing create a brilliant atmosphere that basks the listener in its shimmering radiance. While most of the tracks are uplifting throughout, certain curious and almost discordant moments can be found weaved into particular tracks which create a well thought out juxtaposition to the harmony that never comes across as jarring or unwelcome. In line with Meus’ previous releases, the natural sound of the recording is unique in the sense that it does not rely on an abundance of studio trickery to create an interesting record, which is a testament to the compositional quality found on Miserere Mei Deus.

While this latest record may sound similar to previous works on the surface, there is an undeniable evolution and growth to Meus’ songwriting and playing. Every moment is necessary to the whole and the concise runtime comes across more as a focused decision than a lack of ideas. While similar instrumental acoustic folk artists rely on a multitude of additional instruments such as strings, flutes, and pianos, to create an effective album, Meus’ ability to rival his peers with such minimalistic arrangements in such a compelling manner is truly worth experiencing.



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DungeonBoy
January 9th 2018


8184 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Full album stream:

https://earthwalkerrecordings.bandcamp.com/album/miserere-mei-deus

bnelso55
January 9th 2018


1353 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Excellent write-up, Dungeon! I'm really looking forward to hearing this. So far, his work has only gotten better and better. Your review has me thinking that trend continues here.

BallsToTheWall
January 10th 2018


50351 Comments


Cool!

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DungeonBoy
January 11th 2018


8184 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks bnelso! Hope you dig it, I personally think it's the best one yet. I always look forward to good user projects on this site, and there's definitely some serious talent hidden around here.

bnelso55
January 11th 2018


1353 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

A few listens in now and I have to agree with you. This is the best Meus yet. The melodies unfold beautifully and the attention to detail is especially striking this time around.

ButteryBiscuitBass
January 11th 2018


11454 Comments


Thanks guys!

Dinosaur
January 13th 2018


1368 Comments


Bump. This is fantastic

ButteryBiscuitBass
January 14th 2018


11454 Comments


Thank you!

DungeonBoy
January 18th 2018


8184 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thou Art the Man is my favorite track on here. Every song on this album has a lot of emotion, but this one is so elevating.

https://earthwalkerrecordings.bandcamp.com/track/thou-art-the-man

ButteryBiscuitBass
January 19th 2018


11454 Comments


Thanks man, that was the last track I wrote and final piece to the jigsaw for this project. I love how music makes different people feel different things, it's interesting that you find it elevating as it's one of the saddest pieces on the record for me.

CaptainDooRight
March 15th 2018


4359 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

feels good

ButteryBiscuitBass
March 16th 2018


11454 Comments


Loving the support, Cap!

Atari
Staff Reviewer
April 18th 2018


26453 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

very nice so far

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ButteryBiscuitBass
April 18th 2018


11454 Comments


Thanks Atari!

Atari
Staff Reviewer
April 18th 2018


26453 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

no... thank YOU for making such beautiful music

Hawks
April 19th 2018


74171 Comments


I'm getting on this hard at work tonight.

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JS19
April 19th 2018


7731 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

It's great that's for sure

ButteryBiscuitBass
April 19th 2018


11454 Comments


Recording quality could be better for sure, but that's DIY with just a guitar and an iphone for you...a few tracks from my last three demos will be reworked and some more added for a neofolk full length later this year / early next. To be recorded professionally so I have a record I'm super proud of!

Atari
Staff Reviewer
April 24th 2018


26453 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

looking forward to hearing what you come up with next, good sir



the recording quality doesn't bother me much tho honestly, especially give the more minimalistic approach taken here. I mean it's more noticeable if I turn my volume up full blast, but I don't need to do that anyways. somehow missed this was on iTunes before so now I have easy access to it :]

lalchimiste
October 3rd 2018


1128 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Jamming this again and I love the unpredictable character of the compositions, often the rhythm guitar avoiding traditional chord progressions. I really like those peaks and valleys moments where now it's many layers of epic leads when just before that was a quietly picked single guitar section. Hyped for the LP!



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