Le Mur – Silentia Nova

Le Mur - Silentia Nova

Le Mur (a pun between the animal – lemur – and the french equivalent of “the wall”) are a trio hailing from Germany, who play a quite uncommon mixture of musical styles rooted in the seventies (from jazz-funk to traditional heavy metal). Silentia Nova is the second part of a trilogy started end of 2011 with In Tenebris. The main feature of their music is eclecticism.

And this is how far their eclecticism goes: jazz-funk with groovy drums and prominent bass on Ghost track, Die Nacht Der Lemuren – Part 2 and Silentia Nova ; space-rock reminiscent of Hawkwind on Technical Progress And Other Suicide Stuff, where swirling and cosmic keyboards are backed by hasty drums; psychedelic rock with a relaxed vibe on O.m.e.n. – A Decision Of Despair or more excited on the title track; punk with furious drumming on Sun and O.m.e.n. – Creation of A New Silence; traditional heavy metal with sinister guitars – akin to Black Sabbath – on Sun, Silentia Nova and O.m.e.n. – Creation of A New  Silence. The title track shares many of the musical styles listed above and is a good example of the band’s ability to juggle with them. In order to support the band’s eclectism, instruments have to navigate through a diversity of vibes: guitar can be pensive, alarmed, funky, cosmic or agressive; saxophone can be melancholic or cheerful; organ can be echoing, haunting, hypnotic or thrilled, drums can be groovy, furious or more laidback.

The eclecticism is also displayed in the vocals, which are scarce and rarely in a “normal” song pattern (spoken on Ghost track, robotic on Technical Progress And Other Suicide Stuff, worshipping on Die Nacht Der Lemuren – Part 2 and O.m.e.n. – Creation of A New Silence, whispering on Sun and Silentia Nova, imploring on Sun, shouting like a newspaper boy in the street on Silentia Nova, menacing on Technical Progress And Other Suicide Stuff and O.m.e.n. – Creation of A New Silence). This diversity in vocal treatments adds to the enigma of the lush musical concept.

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We can add that O.m.e.n. – A Decision Of Despair, Ghost track and Die Nacht Der Lemuren – Part 2 seem to be part of a trilogy. In fact, these three tracks are like “cliffhanger” songs that all share the same main “arabic” theme, yet presenting it with different instrumentation (the pensive and fearful guitars in O.m.e.n. – A Decision Of Despair; the obsessive bass together with the echoing saxophone and organ in Ghost track and Die Nacht Der Lemuren – Part 2) and different pace.

With Silentia Nova, Le Mur recorded an ambitious album, where musical genres that one wouldn’t expect to meet collide without giving the impression of a montage of sounds not linked to each other, thanks to their thorough knowledge of those realms and a stunning musicianship. Let’s hope Le Mur will get the recognition they deserve and that the album closing the trilogy will be as full of surprises as the one reviewed here.

Tracklist:

01. O.m.e.n. – A Decision Of Despair (03:54),
02. Technical Progress And Other Suicide Stuff (02:59),
03. Ghost Track (03:32),
04. Die Nacht Der Lemuren – Part 2 (09:15),
05. Sun (06:24),
06. Silentia Nova (09:40),
07. O.m.e.n. – Creation Of A New Silence (06:32)

Links:

http://www.le-mur.net/

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