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David Cintron – No on

Any fan of the psych rock outfit Terminal Lovers should be stoked over this release.  David Cintron, guitarist and vocalist of the aforementioned project, has taken it upon himself to grant some focus out of his time with his usual music project to dive headfirst into the world of droning dark ambient and ethereal dirge recordings.  Cintron has had his worked featured over a relatively wide area of the Cleveland experimental scene, first working in the early 90’s with the project Dimbulb, whom largely released on the short-lived Michigan-based label Anti-music Records.  Later, David would obviously join up with Terminal Lovers, but has also had a large amount of his work featured on Scarcity of Tanks records (see: “Total Life Society Records”).  Outside of this, David has also done work with his little-known project Downside Special whom had a very limited self-titled release in 2004 as well as a collaborative effort entitled “Funambulist” between members of Terminal Lovers and Fuzzhead, as fronted by psych rock jammer Dan McGuire.

Cintron’s style of drone not only takes from the psych elements that he has become accustomed to in the other projects in which he takes part, but also utilizes pretty much everything that any avid drone creator has at their disposal to give birth to that textbook cavernous sound including guitar, various electronics, and a ton of synth.  Cintron’s drones aren’t exactly complex in a subtle way, but rather takes a more up-front approach that utilizes a great deal of warm synth that ends up giving the music he creates a unique ethereal — and strangely vintage — sound.  The sound only rarely seems to get close to the industrial side of ambient, but rather exists in a dense fog of sound with fluctuating minimal components from tidal synth swells to heavy alarms with a slow flange.  A small amount of melodic work can be heard through sparse moments of each nearly 22-minute track.  Track two features a more visceral approach with experimental sound hiding deep in the background of the mix to the point that it’s barely audible — a distant howling hidden behind the spherical echoes of a giant cosmic presence, a deep sound that causes imagery of Fenrir galloping about the stars in a vicious rush.

Drones here in track two feature more guitar prominence while track one is noticeably synth-based.  Also, the various subtle melodics that are featured in very small areas of the album are more aurally present in “Outer Rim”.  It’s hard to knock much if anything about this release.  If anything, “No on” is impressive because of it’s immensely thick sound.  Many droners fail to realize that they have to utilize all ends of the aural spectrum to create a dense sound, most either sticking to the mid end or going high and low.  Cintron seems to grasp the fact that weaving through all variables and levels of volume and octaves will achieve a far more powerful drone.  While it’s hardly David’s first venture into music, as his solo debut, this is indeed impressive.

Track List:

01) Through the Center
02) Outer Rim

Rating: 4.25/5
Written by: Sage
Label: Lighten up Sounds (US) / LightenUpSounds #031 / Digi-CD
Dark Ambient / Drone Ambient

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