This represents an excellent new direction for Dirk Serries’ Ambient project (slightly more caustic & “gritty” sounding)– just started listening to this yesterday — but have already earmarked 2 tracks for an April podcast . . .
NOCTURNAL DISCORD is the next phase in DIRK SERRIES’ long running ambient trajectory. Known since the early eighties for his trademark ambient music under the VIDNA OBMANA pseudonym, Dirk now boldly crosses into new territory creating a willful, eccentric and new album that still holds ingredients from his past but incorporates new elements. Still executed on the electric guitar in combination with an array of stunning pedal effects, treatment and processing, recorded straight to stereo. NOCTURNAL DISCORD is a nightly excursion into darker, more abstract and stranger timbres. 5 weeping songs that are melancholic, alienating, intense and soothing at the same time. An album that is definitely its own and shows the craftsmanship of Dirk and his strong ongoing pursuit to cover new terrain, challenge himself and to make once again a statement as one of the most innovative and adventurous modern musicians. NOCTURNAL DISCORD is also his debut for Cloudchamber Recordings.
Dirk Serries is an established sound artist. This Belgian-based artist has experimented with music on the border between avant-garde, industrial, experimental, and ambient for more than 30 years. He released his earliest work (1984) behind the pseudonym vidnaObmana up to 2007, with which he gained worldwide praise when he closed the book on this project (realizing an extensive discography). Other projects like Fear Falls Burning and his Microphonics series made him collaborate with several key players like Steven Wilson, Justin K. Broadrick, Cult Of Luna, Steve Roach, and toured extensively on the sides of Jesu, MONO, Low, My Bloody Valentine, and Cult Of Luna. In October 2013 Dirk Serries re-booted his classic vidnaObmana ambient sound from the mid-eighties/early nineties. Contrary to his original music which was mostly synth-based, this ambient music is constructed on electric guitar. Music that flows from its discreet origins: sonic purity, washes of harmony, and organic textures that slow time to a phase of transcendence. On the spot, improvised and real-time.
Released March 30, 2023