So it's no wonder I feel like this when I listen to the second Charrd album. Charrd is a duo, featuring Miquel Casaponsa (guitar and electronics) and Brendan Dougherty (drums and electronics). Together they blend electronics, acoustic instruments and strange sounds into warm soundscapes. It's tough to categorize the music, although it sounds quite familiar if you're into drone and ambient stuff, but even in all it's minimalism, there's much more to find.
The album opens with an intro that gradually builds up and suddenly stops, which is highly surprising. Yet, before you're over that shock, the duo slowly lures you into a brilliant piece of work with '321'. This song has something dark and jazzy and reminds me a bit of some of Dale Cooper Quartet's work. 'Unlimited' takes on a harsher approach, it gnaws, it bites and it stings, which in its turn is pretty damn nice too.
'Underwater' reminds me a bit of Barchan, be it a bit more gentle. Soft drones, with dynamic jazz percussion once again give the whole a gritty, spooky atmosphere which is simply irresistible for me. 'Kita Pickup' then comes up with repetitive rhythms, soundscapes and piano, like Olafur Arnalds in a black ambient mood or something like that. Needless to say that this is a magnificent track.
So, there's a lot of variation to be found, even though all of the songs are slow, gentle but often eerie pieces of music. Elements from ambient, drone, post-rock, modern classical and darkjazz are pretty common throughout the entire album, highlighting multiple times. I only mentioned the first five tracks but there's loads more to be discovered. If you're into anything from Tangerine Dream or Dale Cooper Quartet over James Welburn to Nadja and Microphonics, you should check this out. Period.