Mon0 aka Andre Zufall is a German artist from Solingen. He started his musical career as a DJ in the second half of the ’80’s and creates ambient and dub-techno music.

This album, called Colliding Textures (what a great name!), and released by Test Tube begins with some incredibly well done industrial drone sounds. Cathedral Of The Lost evolves slowly, introducing a sense of urgency, then of expectancy, or perhaps it is conveying a sense of discovery. Listening to this is great – I got the distinct feeling that the track was trying to convey searching for something and not being able to find it. It is also, in my mind, one of those pieces of music that manages to be light and dark at the same time. Brilliant!

Next, consider a parched, empty landscape. Imagine a slow, difficult journey through this place where you have no choice but to move on, your feet creating a sonorous painful cadence, driving you inexorably to some distant, unseen location. Hints of something pass you by, rising and falling, out of sight and out of reach… This is Marching Into Desperation. Quite evocative.

The third track, Distant Reality, introduces some rushing atmospherics, moaning horribly. Deep bass regularly punctuates the track, keeping time with some obscure rhythm. Frail tortured sounds wash in and out like a tide, exposing a voice then smothering it again.

One other track, Orbit is also worthy of praise, but I’ll leave you to decide how best to interpret what you hear ๐Ÿ™‚ I enjoyed it very much.

This is an incredibly rich album. Here are 60mins of dark ambient impressions that stand out – atmospheric sounds designed to stimulate the senses. This goes well beyond the ears ๐Ÿ™‚ย I’ll definitely be listening to more of Mon0’s work. Check out his Soundcloud page, too ๐Ÿ™‚

Colliding Textures: Cathedral Of The Lost [13.36], Marching Into Desperation [12.32], Distant Reality [14.24], Orbit [19.12]