Be My Friend in Exile – The Silence, The Darkness. Twice Removed Records, 2013.
True Story: I was taking a run through the woods at dusk when I decided to listen to The Silence, The Darkness, the newest release by Be My Friend in Exile. I usually don’t listen to much ambient music when I run; the lack of melody and rhythm tends to adversely affect my pace. However, right from the opening track, “Sleepwalker,” I was running faster.
This isn’t because the music is particularly fast. In fact, it was slow, meditative, even. There wasn’t anything about the beat that pumped me up and breathed new life into my legs. No, I was running because the album is so damn ominous.
To be honest, I don’t listen to much ambient; it’s more Jayson’s thing. In fact, I almost wish he were reviewing it. He’s tell you that Be My Friend in Exile is subtle but complex, that there are layers upon layers of sound going on here, and such things as that. As I don’t listen to much ambient, I feel like I don’t really have the language to describe it. I do know that I like it. A lot. The Silence, The Darkness is less music and more digitized dread.
Usually, in reviews like this, I like to point out what tracks were my favorite, and if I absolutely had to, I’d say that “Eternally ephemeral” was probably the most menacing, the one that made me most feel like I was about to stumble into The Black Lodge. However, The Silence, The Darkness really is kind of a work with 9 movements, and the sum is greater than its parts.
Be My Friend in Exile – The Silence, The Darkness is available for download or limited edition digipak from the artist’s Bandcamp page.