Environments is a three-piece from Bucharest, Romania. They call themselves an 'ambient unit' and tag themselves 'ambient / rhythm / noise' but there is so much more to this. I can definitely hear elements from post-rock and jazz in this music, as if Tangerine Dream and The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble recorded an album together. I know, that would be a damn awesome album and so is 'Ascuns'. Believe me, this is something for the rainy autumn days, rolled up in a warm blanket.
Now I must admit, when I listened to opener 'Ascuns', I wasn't yet convinced of the true value of this album. This track seems to be somewhat of a light-version of post-rock, not bad but not the same. However, when 'Nativ' and later 'Crud' started playing, this album suddenly started crawling its way up towards my end-year list, alongside Radare. Both songs have this gloomy atmosphere, created with minimal soundscapes and jazzy drums. David Lynch would love this stuff, he truly would.
When the previous paragraphs made you think that this is an easy-listening album, please think again. Environments like to challenge the listener and they like to experiment with sound, resulting in some strange, alienating songs like 'Frânt'. Here I could finally see where the 'noise' tag came from. It's a great song but also one that is more suited for the stage than for an album. Don't get me wrong, if played loud enough it's still quite impressive music but I'm just working towards a paragraph about wanting to see this live.
My advice is simple, dark jazz fans must buy this, ambient fans have to check it out and post-rock fans might find a refreshing addition to their collection with this album. I, obviously, hope that these guys will play Dunk! Festival this year (it would definitely make up for the fact that Radare are not coming). Closing my eyes, I can already imagine the gig, loud, impressive, awe-inspiring and goosebumps-causing. When they play 'Departe', I will probably crawl up on the floor and start crying. Yes, that's a compliment.