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Review: Troum - Ljubimaya | Daur (2009)

artist: Troum
release: Ljubimaya | Daur
format: CD
year of release: 2009
label: Abgurd
dur­a­tion: 52:52

detailed info: dis​cogs​.com

This album, released on the Rus­sian Abgurd label, com­piles two long out of print 10″ EPs by Troum: Ljubimaya form 2003 and Daur from 1998. Even though this CD release is again a lim­ited edi­tion, it does gives people like who dis­covered the sem­inal drone pro­ject at some later stage to acquire this earlier record­ings.

The opener “Ljubimaya” is in what has become quite a typ­ical Troum sound: dark flow­ing melod­ies cre­ated with treated gui­tars and other instru­ments. “Meeres­traum” is quite incon­spicu­ous at first, but on closer listen­ing it reveals won­der­ful voices and other details in its faint aquatic drones. A very fas­cin­at­ing sub­dued piece. The quite long “Dis­trac­ted Pro­tec­tion” is a clas­sic drone loop, vary­ing only in its dif­fer­ent mod­u­la­tions and intens­it­ies. An OK piece, and fea­tur­ing sounds by Yen Pox, but not spec­tac­u­lar.

The second EP is inter­est­ing as well. Opener and title track “Daur” is a stun­ning piece based on a repeated plucked string melody, layered and coupled with shift­ing drones and back­ground melod­ies that increase in intens­ity, giv­ing this track a per­fect buildup over its entire thir­teen minutes of length. “Venus­tas” is a shorter inter­lude, with thick layered bow-like melod­ies dom­in­at­ing. “Krypte”, finally, is a slightly longer piece again, com­bin­ing softly sweep­ing melodic waves a prom­in­ent bass-like melody layered over it.

I would­n’t say this is an abso­lutely essen­tial release in the world of drone and ambi­ent, but it is cer­tainly another proof of the undeni­able tal­ent and sin­gu­lar vis­ion of Troum, who remain one of my favour­ite pro­jects in this area. There are a couple of excel­lent tracks on here, so if you don’t already have the ori­ginal releases, Ljubimaya | Daur is a very good mid-price addi­tion to your col­lec­tion.

Reviewed by O.S.


1. Ljubimaya (7:22)
2. Meeres­traum (5:47)
3. Dis­trac­ted Pro­tec­tion (15:33)

4. Daur (13:19)
5. Venus­tas (3:37)
6. Krypte (7:14)