By My Friend in Exile – Creator, You Destroy Me. Already Dead Tapes & Records, 2015.
Last time I reviewed a Be My Friend in Exile release, I was just getting in to ambient music and had no idea how to talk about it. Now, I’m 1 1/2 years in or so, and I’m still not so sure I know how to talk about it, but I know that Be My Friend in Exile’e newest album, Creator, You Destroy Me is pretty much exactly what I needed to be listening to right now.
Again, right from the opening track, “Archon of the Demiurge,” this thing is ominous as hell. There’s a low, bassy drone punctuated by chaotic, atonal guitars. It’s desolate, it’s distant, and it’s perfectly captures the starry greyness of this winter we’re having in Ohio. This droning does’t let up, though it brightens a bit on the next track, “Ultima Linea Rerum,” before settling back into complete darkness in “Fever Dream.” That’s one thing I love about Be My Friend in Exile: many of these songs have the same elements, the same minimalist guitars, the same droning bass, but the mood of each piece is different. “Control Heartbeat Delete” somehow manages to convey a sense of urgency that the previous tracks don’t, while “Memories of Childhood, Feelings for the Future” sounds just a little like a cross between Caspian and Godspeed You! Black Emperor without completely jumping head-first into post-rock territory.
Like my review of The Silence, The Darkness, I have to say that what Be My Friend in Exile have done here is less an album of songs and more a single piece with multiple movements. While you could certainly enjoy any one track from the album, especially one of the longer tracks, such as “Floating Weightless Back to the Surface, I Imagine Becoming Someone Else,” Creator, You Destroy Me is best listened to in its entirety. It’s the perfect soundtrack to brooding over this bleak winter.