by Rik Maclean, Ping Things CD Reviews
The release "Lamkhyer" by Remanence is packaged with a set of quotations which, in my mind, serve as reference points for the material contained within. One defines the term Lamkhyer as a Tibetan train of thought which gives it's students "a sense of dignity and forbearance so you are not so easily disturbed by life's obstacles". The second refers to K'an, defined by the I Ching as "a plunging in", explaining "it is a situation in which a man is in the same pass as the water in a ravine, and, like the water, he can escape if he behaves correctly." The third and final quotation details the idea of The Leftward Path, the journey that is taken by the individual who is true to their own heart rather than to the needs of a community.
These three quotes provide the basis for the three songs contained on the disc, each piece reflecting the ideas and themes noted above. Opening track "Lamkhyer" features strong, confident tones washing over the listener offset by lush tidal pads overtop a growing percussive pattern. "K'an (the abyss)" portrays a dark liquid flow underneath simple melodies made by minimal ringing tones that slowly create a sense of order within chaos. The closing piece "The Leftward Path", builds from emptiness with a deep wash of pads, bright rhythms gaining strength throughout the track suggesting ritual and ceremony rather than the order of day to day life.
By including the aforementioned quotes, Remanence successfully guides the listener in terms of their understanding of the pieces, directing them towards a certain ideal and a particular train of thought associated with the music. Truly enlightening work that appeals on both cerebral and appreciative levels, "Lamkhyer" by Remanence is a fascinating collection of music who's influence will long remain with it's listeners.