MENDEL KAELEN – Remembering What Was Forgotten


A new name in the present-day ambient multitude, Mendel Kaelen deals in unchanging harmonies and quasi-static panoramas. His music does possess a cinematic temperament but leaves me asking for something more from a compositional point of view. It can work for a while at extremely low volume, the prevailing frequencies lingering on as white clouds in a serene day. In that way, there is less chance of focusing the attention on a number of commonplaces that fight against the honesty of the effort. The worst of them is the uncalled-for use of exotic percussion, particularly of the rain stick (an object utterly detested by this reviewer). The chordal ebb and flow of thicker timbral superimpositions – comprising Pauline MJ Van Pelt’s violin – represents the sentiments that Kaelen would like to convey a little better. An album that fits in a category whose influence in my predilection list is very light, relatively serviceable as a complement for a silent room, but destined to be summarily archived amidst several hundreds of analogous releases.

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