Eliane Radigue
Trilogie de la Mort


4.0
excellent

Review

by Marehelm USER (6 Reviews)
April 3rd, 2018 | 21 replies


Release Date: 1998 | Tracklist

Review Summary: I started hearing a sound.

Two years ago, the back of my head hit the concrete.

I was gone.

My consciousness was, for a while, reduced to nothing. I was lying there on the middle of the road while a tiny stream of blood slowly escaped through the back of my head, and yet, I wasn’t there at all.

I had always expected it to be like this if I ever were to lose consciousness: Pure nothingness and no subsequent memory thereof, until I would somehow snap out of it and wake up.

But I didn’t snap out of it.

Instead, slowly and steadily, some pieces of the puzzle that makes me what I am started coming together. If I ever were to start doing a puzzle, I would start with the edges and work my way in to the center. The edges would be the foundation to build from. I felt the edges my consciousness being pieced together and, instead of nothing, I started seeing and feeling darkness.

I started hearing a sound.

Now, generally, darkness is viewed as negative. However, this wasn’t like regular the darkness, it wasn’t like the darkness that envelops us when the light are turned off and the sun spitting its rays on the opposite side of our globe. No, this was another darkness: It was dense, but welcoming, distant, but warm.

That’s the sound of the darkness contained in Eliana Radigue’s Trilogie De La Mort.

Kyema (Intermediate States)

I will never be able to adequately describe the state I found myself in – which is quite a shame as it is what I’m trying to do. There was only the darkness and the sound, both of which constantly changed and yet remained the same.

But there was also so much more.

Kailasha

Everything was as it should be. I was held, I was enveloped, I was embraced.

However, as more and more pieces were gathered, the puzzle of my consciousness was taking form. It became easier to fit the individual pieces together: My name next to my family members, my address and home next to my girlfriend, my education next to my interests.

The whole picture became clearer.

Koume

Slowly, the darkness became wobbly and distorted. The sound increased in volume, intensity, and pitch until a point where it would either stop or break or wake me.

And then, at what felt like the breaking-point, the sound peaked and started fading, and with it, the darkness. Voices called my name, and, while I was reluctant to leave this place, the puzzle was nearly finished.

So I woke up.

I still felt it. It kept fading for quite some time. I looked at the clear sky, the worried faces of my friends, and I smiled.

Trilogie De La Mort

A few minutes later, I wasn’t smiling.

I fought against my concussion for about a year. Most of the time I couldn’t do much but sleep, look at the ceiling, and listen to music. I could not do anything I used do to: I couldn’t think, make choices, be creative and I couldn’t walk or run. Uncertainty about the future and doubt of the healing process weighed me down. I went to several neurologists and got multiple brain scans taken. All concluded the same: Time was the only healer and patience was my only weapon.

I have never since experienced the darkness of that day two years ago. The closest I’ve come is listening to Trilogie De La Mort.

The Trilogy of Death has, paradoxically, come to represent the closest I’ve ever experienced to bliss: All I have to do is allow it to hold me, to envelope me, to embrace me.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Marehelm
April 3rd 2018


858 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

More pretentious and personal shit from me. I tried a little bit to relate what I was writing to what is going on in the tracks.

Marehelm
April 3rd 2018


858 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

These are sweet drones if one is into that sort of thing

DadKungFu
April 3rd 2018


719 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I pos'd you after negging initially. Your review really is very well written but this kind of "I blog about a personal experience and why it relates to this album" review is in general pretty awful, especially for how popular it is on RYM. It's a really nicely written piece though so pos

DadKungFu
April 3rd 2018


719 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

And it did interest me in hearing the album so gj

Ryus
April 3rd 2018


18173 Comments


this didnt have a review before? wow

Marehelm
April 3rd 2018


858 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@Mad, Thanks man! I agree that there are definitely downsides to this kind of review but I think the success of such review (given that its properly written) largely depend on the music on question - so I thought some drone might be more suitable than my last review



@Ryus, yeah, I know, its crazy

Spacesh1p
April 3rd 2018


7717 Comments


This needed a review, nice. I love this album

DadKungFu
April 3rd 2018


719 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This fucking slays btw

Marehelm
April 3rd 2018


858 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Glad you like it Mr. Mad!

Adabelle
April 3rd 2018


4423 Comments


Nice to see this reviewed; interesting review too.

This is one of those that I have listened to on a number of different occasions with different moods etc. but have never really found myself engaging with it as much as i'd like to so i always feel a bit disappointed with the whole experience

Marehelm
April 4th 2018


858 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks! I think interesting was what I was hoping for

Sniff
April 4th 2018


6058 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Personal shit hour? Album is the reason I started soulseeking

Marehelm
April 4th 2018


858 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Personal shit hour indeed

Marehelm
April 4th 2018


858 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I probably should

Winesburgohio
Staff Reviewer
April 4th 2018


2816 Comments


pos pos pos

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Marehelm
April 4th 2018


858 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks man!

Zig
April 7th 2018


1915 Comments


Eliane's such a great composer.
Good review. pos

Digging: Mike Patton and Jean-Claude Vannier - Corpse Flower

Marehelm
April 7th 2018


858 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thank you sir!

brainmelter
April 7th 2018


6781 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

it's lit

Digging: The Growlers - Gilded Pleasures

mindleviticus
April 7th 2018


10068 Comments


kyema is perfect



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