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MP3 Album 2012 | Silber 099
8 tracks, 45 minutes
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Long awaited sophomore album of angst ridden ambient & slide guitar from mwvm.
mwvm is an old friend of Fwonk – his distinctive guitar based ambient drones and melodies, and his sheer dedication to tonal detail make him essential listening for all ambient and drone fans. This, his second album, begins with delightful finger picked guitars and carries on in a similarly gorgeous, uplifting vein.
mwvm is a fixed point somewhere on the soft-blurred edge between reverent Stars of the Lid drone worship and Pentecostal, yet liturgically bound, slow build post-rock. The result is an unexpectedly grand album. Silber, every once and awhile, really pulls the rug out from under me. This is stuff our wheelhouse here at the Tome. It would seem that for the thousands of hours Crawford, Dylan, Jowy and I have logged listening to grey waves of distortion and reverb stretched to horizon-length, we would have passed ambient-drone 101 by now and should be TA’ing the class. But between us four there isn’t a week that goes by that one of us doesn’t pull life-pausing guitar sounds like a twisted, gnarled mandrake out of the garbage disposal of our inbox.
On mwvm’s Had Yr Pash (Had your past? Hide your stash?) wisps of guitar lines take flight over the oscillating maw of a cavernous drone. The elegiac lap-steel shows up on tracks like the best-best “An Air Bag Didn’t Save My Life”, “People Working For People” and “A Total Knew” warrant a Red Sparowes comparison but, mwvm uses the instrument to completely different ends. Where Red Sparowes temper their doom-ridden post-rock with the deft picking of the lilting lap steel, mwvm elongates the already spacious long vowels of the instrument, pitching it against multi-tracked guitars and synths. There are moments that approach congregational communion. A holy trinity of stringed, amplified instruments.
Silber has some masterpieces under its belt. Aarktica’s In Sea is one of those near perfect drone albums that comes along once in a decade. Mwvm’s aching, ever ascending guitar lines are anchored by a buzzing, noisy low-end that softens the corners under a gauze of buzzing reverb. It in every way mirrors the feeling of unnamed sadness in In Sea album, and in many instances, surpasses it.
~ Ryan Hall, Tome to the Weather Machine
I'll begin with an apology for the slow pace of posting but it is starting to really get to me that I haven't any internet at home. Don't feel terribly motivated to go out and get a connection somewhere, and it's very easy to get distracted when I do so. On top of it I can't pre-read submission emails because now my smartphone is broken. Fuck all that shit though, this is more of the calming ambient music people have been thrusting my way with increasing vigor, again from Silber Records. Can't tell you what mwvm means, but I bet that's why they picked the name. Had Yr Pash is forty-five minutes of swelling otherworldly drones and gentle tones. As is often the case with ambient competently composed, the tracks can achieve emotional complexity without the need or want of a single lyric. Sometimes I find that the album art is more important in instrumental albums, for it is the only communication an artist provides other than titles and instrumentation itself. So it seems odd to use a picture from WWII on such a peaceful sounding collection of songs. What's this mwvm up to? Pondering questions like that to music like this is something I can stand to do more of.
~ Space Rock Mountain