on Consouling Sounds
Lueur is the 17th record by maestro Nicolas Van Meirhaeghe. So if you haven’t heard about Empusae, it is about time to correct this huge mistake. For years this one-man-orchestra have been delivering dark ambient, noise, industrial, experimental to the finest palettes. Lueur in another brave step into unmapped territory of ambient/dark electronica
Empusae has been paving the way for many years now, resulting in the release of one critically acclaimed album after another. The main man, Sal-Ocin, is also a much valued contributor and/or band member of a great myriad of acts, like for instance Ordo Rosarius Equilibrio, Onus and BARST — just to name a few.
Although his music warrants a broad appeal, Empusae is best known in the dark electronica scene. With his release of the deeply personal album “Lueur”, Empusae is breaking out of these confines for sure. “Lueur” most definitely sounds unmistakably like Empusae, but the dark and brooding drone palette expands his sound tremendously. Testament to the gap Empusae bridges on this new album are the guest vocals of CHVE (Amenra, Sembler Deah, Kingdom, CHVE, …). CHVE’s characteristic vocal approach gives the music an extra sense of grief and longing, lending the music an extra urgency. This tale about darkness and light will not leave you unmoved and is bound to linger in your mind.