Idyllic Synth Feb 10, 2017 11:36:30 GMT -5
Post by thekeeper on Feb 10, 2017 11:36:30 GMT -5
I feel that these feelings within modern DS should be discussed: the lighter side of DS. A great deal, maybe the majority of DS, is fairly black metal influenced and flirtatious with the blanket term of 'dark ambient'. Comfier sounding synth has much less of this darkness, and consequently lies further away from BM. This really struck me while listening to the Chronicles of Jest tape (I neglected listening when the demo and full length on BC when they came out, but the tape is fantastic, really enjoying it). It's very light and whimsical (the first track being called 'Whimsy'), and 'comfy' instantly came to me as a descriptor. That firelit cottage at the edge of the woods feel. Smoke coming from the chimney, tending to the sheep or something. This is probably one of my favorite feelings in DS. Til Det Bergens Sygenne flirted with this a lot with his Renhet tapes, though they're still pretty dark and odd sounding. Darkstroll really nailed the majestic yet bouncy forest sound. Ashmadai is a rare old tape I acquired, lots of tape noise but the minimalist compositions are quite pleasing. There are lots more, but these are the ones that come to mind at the moment.
I'd say there are more recent DS works on the lighthearted side than older past works, which I think illustrates more of a shift away of DS being categorized as a sub-sub-genre of black metal. I think the vast majority of DS fans, including DS composers of the lighter sound, are still black metal fans; rarely do we find DS fans who aren't into black metal, but how removed from black metal do you think has DS become? I know there are some strong opinions on what DS and BM are supposed to be what they're supposed to embody, but does anyone see DS moving further from BM spiritualism? I definitely do, and I think it's pretty kool since a lot of these compositions are really good. I think moving further from BM tradition allows some more innovation in DS, throwing in different sounds, different concepts, different imagery, different feelings. I love both the dark and light stuff, and BM itself of course. I don't know if I can say which I'm generally more a fan of, personally.
So, what do you think? Do you like the darker or lighter stuff more? Does DS have to stay the weird child of BM, can it be removed from BM context, and is this positive, negative, or neutral? Or, just post comfy DS here.