When music crosses one’s desk and its from a self-described “dark jazz hauntologist” described by others with words like ambient, drone, and experimental, it’s almost certain to pique one’s interest. Add in genre descriptors like “Electroacoustic”, “Musique Concrete”, and “Noir Jazz”, then you really find yourself intrigued. Then seeing references to the musical soundscapes of David Lynch films and noticing that the lead track is 17 minutes long… it’s time to check this thing out!
Hailing from Cairo, Egyptian artist Cerpintxt is clearly doing something that does not and will not conform to popular music standards. Whether you like it, love it, or downright hate it – it’s hard not to respect the clear vision and artistry. The music paints vast, dark musical landscapes that sound an ominous as dread inducing slow-burn horror film feels. The very sounds and tones of microtubule encoded memory‘s 17 minute self-titled track evoke impending doom and desolate backdrops.
Fans of strictly melodic music may struggle to latch on to Cerpintxt’s vibe, but anyone who can appreciate unique instrumentation and ambient tones is sure to find something here to love.
It may nto be a upbeat, uplfiting jaunt… but sometime we all need a little darkness in our lives.