Dirk Serries is widely known and respected under the monikers VidnaObmana, FearFallsBurning and Microphonics. His guitar drones and ambient soundscapes are being enjoyed all over the world and have been for many years. Some people call him 'The Belgian Aidan Baker' but I don't know if he'd like that. Dirk Serries is a phenomenon on his own and a highly talented musician. Rutger Zuydervelt is the name behind Machinefabriek, a Dutch experimental project, ranging from ambient over IDM and noise to electro-acoustic music. His oeuvre is immense and surprisingly varied.
The strange thing is, this album is exactly what I expected when I first saw the two names on the cover: 'drones, scoundscapes and mesmerizing electronics in a continuous flow that has the ability to enchant the listener and take him away to faraway universes'. In that way this is not really a very surprising album but it is a masterpiece that brings out the best in both men. I'm a huge fan of FearFallsBurning and I loved the powerful drums in his 'Frenzy Of The Absolute' album. However, the minimal electronics supporting the drones on Buoyant are stronger and have a mysterious atmosphere.
There's four pieces on Buoyant, each one of them being a lengthy blend of guitars drones and ambient soundscapes, backed by these tingly clicks and glitches that make Machinefabriek so interesting. Traditionally, the pieces fade in and out, creating an almost uninterrupted flow of blissful musical ambiance. Here and there the distortion breaks through, winking towards the drone-noise scene. Yet it remains calm, smooth and relaxing music even at its darkest points.
So yes, if you have ever heard the people who made this album perform, you will know exactly what you'll get when you purchase this album. But that's not a bad thing, on the contrary. If it were bad, Consouling Sounds wouldn't release it anyway. Buoyant is a very strong album, containing the best possible elements to make this thing work. As we say in Belgium, 'chapeau'.