Rings of Smoke Through the Trees – s/t C50

15 March 2012 xdementia 2 Comments

Rings of Smoke Through the Trees – s/t C50

Danvers State Recordings

I can’t believe this is merely the first Danvers State Recordings release to be reviewed on Existence Establishment. I guess it’s just a random set of circumstances that has led us to this point, but I’m happy to report the first review will be a very positive one. Rings of Smoke Through the Trees is a new project to me, and is a trio featuring the work of Andre Custodio, Thomas Dimuzio, and Mark Wilson. The name Thomas Dimuzio rings a bell but I can’t recall where I’ve heard it before. Mark Wilson hails from the noise project Conure, a project which was more prolific in the late 90s and early 00s.

At 50 minutes this is quite a heavy load of material from this artist but luckily it’s well warranted because this is atmospheric ambient music of great quality. Side A is entitled Esemplasty and begins with subtle synth background sounds, pulsating, blurping, and chirping, combined with low airy drones and sparse tribal style percussion. All the elements here are quite spaced out and ambient to form a thick smoky atmosphere. Eventually the percussive elements fade and the drones come to the forefront presenting a thick mist of speaker hum and hidden synth textures.

Rings of Smoke is much more minimal, and I might even say works just a touch better. The atmosphere here is top-notch using different sound sources. The track starts off with the softest drones and slow under-water sounding industrial waste movement. Pretty soon we’re back to the sparse improvisational drumming and instrument work flowing with more low drones that carry on with lush obscurity.

I really love this tape, it recalls a damp organic environment full of decay and mystery. The sound is very contemplative and zen which many ambient artists try to pull off but don’t actually succeed at. Great work..

Composition: ★★★★☆
Sounds: ★★★★☆
Production Quality: ★★★☆☆
Concept: ★★★☆☆
Packaging: ★★★☆☆
Overall Rating: ★★★½☆


  • Mark Wilson said:

    Thanks for the review! We really appreciate it. There seems to be some text at the end of the second paragraph which was cut and pasted from the review of another release. Also, I didn’t start Conure until May of 2000, and last year was one of my most prolific years in terms of releases. (This year will probably be pretty active for me for releases as well. A Conure net release just came out on Onyudo.) Thomas Dimuzio has been active in the experimental scene since the late ’80s, releasing some incredible solo work, working with Negativland at times, and recording with the projects Due Process and Dimmer (amongst others). He’s one of my main influences so I’m incredibly honored to be working with him. Thomas also is well known for his mastering skills. Andre is a drummer (usually in various jazz projects), but he also creates beautiful drones under the moniker Nihil Communication. Thanks again; this was a really nice review!

  • tankakern said:

    yet another one of your reviews that has convinced me to purchase.

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