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Nemuer - Gardens of babylon - 2018


    
“... ancient mysticism ...”
Nemuer is an atmospheric dark folk duo from Czechia. Through their dreamy acoustic music, they bring ancient myths and stories back to life. In order to keep the atmosphere utterly immersive, they use solely authentic dead languages or lyric-less primordial chanting. They create a hypnotic, transcendent experience that combines art with ancient mysticism. After “Irenthoth’s Dream” (2014) and “Labyrinth Of Druids” (2015), “Garden of Babylon” is their third studio album.
Katarina Pomorska - vocals, duclar (unique instrument made by Nadishana), African djembe, shaman drum; Michael Zann - acoustic guitar, vocals (including tribal, throat singing, overtones), jaw harp, shaman drum, African djembe
The new album “Gardens of Babylon” will take its listeners to the legendary Gardens Of Babylon, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, the King Nebuchadnezzar II’s gift to his beloved wife, queen Amytis. The album contains Ancient Babylonian lyrics that were extracted and arranged from original texts more than three thousand years old. The album release party that took place in Prague, was done with the Hungarian pagan folk legend The Moon and the Nightspirit. The later is a familiar name for very observant progVisions readers. You can find a review of one of their albums here on progVisions.

For me it makes no sense to try to describe the eight tracks piece by piece. Just because composer Michael Zann managed to write a consistent album that deserves to be listened to as a whole. The acoustic music that you will find on this remarkable album breathe an ancient atmosphere. It is beautiful and dreamy but at the same time also dark. You can find wonderful and delicate played acoustic guitar parts on this album. The music has often a cinematic character. The beautiful voice of Katarina Pomorska and especially the way of singing and chanting reminds me sometimes of the work of great singers like Lisa Gerrard (Dead Can Dance) and Francesca Nicoli (Ataraxia). Maybe it has to do with the atmosphere of the music. Both mentioned bands also make Neo-classical oriented music. But in the track “Astral Romance” I had also to think of the Folk music and the voice of Loreena McKennitt. The instrumental opening of the title track “The Gardens of Babylon” is pure bliss.
Nowhere you will find freaky instrumental parts. It is all about atmosphere and ancient mysticism here. The music stays dreamy and mellow. This is an album for the open minded music lover. If you are interested in dark folk and/or Neo- Classical music with an atmospheric and cinematic character, this album is for you. As an open minded music reviewer I enjoyed listening to this album very much.
Douwe Fledderus - March 2018
rating - Independent Release

 

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