Article By: Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker ‡ Edited By: Leanne Ridgeway
NECROMISHKA is the project of husband and wife duo Michael Zolotov (Kadaver, Heathen Harvest Periodical) and Tamar Singer (Cruel Wonders, Zeresh).
If the latter seems a bit familiar, Riff Relevant inspected the lone work of her Zeresh EP release, ‘Sigh For Sigh’, [HERE] back in February.
Now working with her partner within the imagined confines of NECROMISHKA, the two recently released the début full-length, ‘The Space Between Us‘, in early July. Where the Zeresh release was a bit more of a solemn, doom-oriented, ambient effort, the output of NECROMISHKA is unfettered experimentalism within the excesses of ambient limitlessness.
Over the span of eight tracks, we are taken deep into a world of psyche-drone, industrial noise, and post-metal. These are the results one might expect from a steady diet of high-power LSD and unceasing listens to Swans, Merzbow, Coil, or similar entities.
While the unenlightened might refer to these sonic transmissions as “atmospheric”, I do not feel the term is accurately applicable here. That would imply something airy, or lighter fare and this, if it is anything, is most definitely NOT those things.
No, these are mostly dark, at times starkly bleak, emanations with the ability to haunt and scar. There are less intense moments, sure, but they are no less effective in their lasting significance. The dual results achieved here by aural manipulation are simultaneously stark, grim even, but at the same time, caprice and liberating.
Free your mind and your soul will follow, right? It is assured that an open mind and a wide-encompassing palette of diverse musical tastes are both required for this experience. If you believe you are up to the challenge, then by all means suit up, audionaut, and explore ‘The Space Between Us‘ from NECROMISHKA. Also available for streaming and purchase at Bandcamp HERE.