Remanence: Lamkhyer

by Bert Strolenberg, KLEM Magazine

This is the third very nice and originally packaged release of Remanence alias the ambient duo Brian McWilliams and John Phipps who have been abled to take a prolific dive into the deep end of Tibetan-inspired music. In a way, this is what other musicians like to call in-the-moment-music: music born at the very instant without any borders or limitations, just the outcome of the way things happen.

"Lamkhyer" is the 1st and longest track of the album, delving into some of the same tribal-oriented realms as Vidna Obmana & fellow-musician Steve Roach have been composing a while back, but this duo seems to add some more mysterious undercurrents to it. Hypnotising circling rhythm-structures and soaring synthwashes merge in an awesome way. "K'an" gets in slighly more experimental and harder to understand territory. You can almost feel something foreboding in the slowly morphing drones and creepy fx's fused into it.

"Lefward Path" forms the conclusion of this Ep; again a mid-tempo tribal percussion leading the way for darkened synth-textures before the percussion starts to build bit by bit, without getting out of pace...

Lamkhyer is a mini-album worth to be felt with every spin in your cd-player. Without a doubt it will appeal to fans who love the tribal-infused side of Roach, Rich, Obmana, Parsons and alike.