Marijn Comes follows in the footsteps of many great experimental artists. Like them, this Dutch composer uses whatever he can to make unique and complex yet often repetitive sound explorations. These include traditional Eastern instrumentation, electro-acoustics and new media. Besides, he comes from a country with an awe-inspiring tradition as far as noise music is concerned. If you're a fan of acts like De Fabriek or Machinefabriek, you have to check this out.
The album, his fourth by the way, is as inspiring as it is bizarre. There are no limits and there is no line between musicality and noise. The overall tempo is quite slow, resulting in some highly adventurous ambient tracks. 'The Forgotten Purpose' could be an Aphex Twinned Biosphere track, or maybe not. 'Old Morroco', one of my favorite tracks, incorporates some great chants over eerie and repetitive noise.
I'm not going into a track-by-track description, but I do have mention 'Wayward Exotism'. If you are one of those people who are used to this kind of music in such a matter that you will find musicality in escalators, factory noises and in nature, this track will definitely convince you of Martijn's abilities. Perhaps I could name this a light version of Deutsch Nepal's or Gjoll most repetitive works, which is obviously a massive compliment coming from a fan of both acts.
The versatility here is awesome. Besides (sometimes even harsh) noise, there's ambient, there's hints of IDM, there's traditional music... 'Preveli Beach', my other favorite track, reminds me of some other dark, almost goth, ambient acts. So yes, I think I'm a fan of Marijn Comes now. I also think he will be one of the major inspirations for the upcoming Misantronics album. We'll have to see if that's going to be a compliment when that album is out. Check it out, it comes highly recommended...