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Sairen – Vestiges

by Dave "That Metal Guy" Campbell at 09 November 2020, 12:25 PM

Hailing from France, Sairen is a music composer accustomed to great alternative instrumental pieces. Introduced to musical listening and instrumental practice at a young age of fifteen, he discovered computer music which allowed him to take his first steps towards music creation. Since then, he has become very sensitive to baroque and romantic music as well as Dark Metal or Post-Rock, and he sometimes defines his music as a link between these seemingly opposite worlds.  His fourth studio album is presented here, and contains seven tracks.

“Sacrificiel” leads off the album, with dark tones and an even-keeled rhythm. Bass guitar thumps away, and it eventually drops to just some light, atmospheric tones for much of the middle section of the song. A key change ushers in a new sound, which is again dialed back. I’m not sure what to make of the album, but this is just the first song. “Inévitable” is under five-minutes in length. It has a long and slow fade-in. The sound is again somber and steady, then drops off again. I am sensing a bit of a pattern here.

“Insecte” pushes some dark tones in the opening, with a riff that repeats as first, then retreats into the background. A little bit of sad melody comes through with the guitars, but that darkness never completely fades. A secondary riff comes through close to the half-way mark, thick with staccato. Then, it’s back to the opening sound again. “Le Négatif Des Apparences” opens with some soft bass guitar notes and drums. Some light guitar work leads to the main riff. It’s melancholic and depressive mostly. Again, the sound drops after the half-way mark, and at this point in the album, the vision of Sairen is fairy clear.

“V’empire” features some more guitar presence than previous tracks did. It’s still that droning, somber style but at least this song has a little more “umph” to it. Again, the sound drops around the half-way mark, and he has a formula he is sticking with. “Interlude” is a short, two-minute song that connects to the final lengthy track titled “Radicalité Des Temps Derniers,” which is eight-minutes in length. It opens again with some dark tones, and a slow, grinding rhythm. Once again, the sound drops to nearly nothing, then springs to life, and retreating again.

This was a very tough album to evaluate because there just wasn’t much sound overall. I love this type of music Sairen just didn’t present much in the way of sonority, choosing too many atmospheric passages that occupied much of the album. It’s dark for sure, but too much time passed between moments of sonority, and many of the tracks sounded the same. It’s just not for me, and I would have trouble locating someone who might really appreciate this style of music.

Songwriting: 5
Musicianship: 6
Memorability: 4
Production: 6

2 Star Rating

1. Sacrificiel
2. Inévitable
3. Insecte
4. Le Négatif Des Apparences
5. V’empire
6. Interlude
7. Radicalité Des Temps Derniers
Sairen – Everything
Record Label: Fluttery Records


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