Die Kammer – ‘Season V: Maybe forgotten. Maybe glorious.’

Die Kammer, a duo comprising Frankfurt-based Matthias Ambré and Vienna-based Marcus Testory, unveil a stirring sound across their new album, Season V: Maybe forgotten. Maybe glorious.. Both experienced purveyors of the post-punk era, the duo release their music in “seasons” — with this current Season 5 represented by “loops, beats and electronics” in addition to their familiar acoustics, cello, and vocals. They describe the new album as “characterised by years of personal tragedy, the pandemic and the madness that has taken over our world since then.”

Highlights are abound. “Ago” is a particular standout, melding somber acoustics and reflective strings into a murky vocal prowess. The snow-covered road setting, in the bleak and bitter cold, presents a perseverance to “keep on breathing.” The chilly soundscape and layered vocal drive combine for an illustrative example of the project’s strengths, emphasized in both songwriting and production. The more ardent, industrial-tinged eeriness of “Ignoring My Safeword” also takes hold, as does the eerie string-laden haunts within “I’ve Lost My Shadow,” crafting a darkness-enveloping foreboding. Die Kammer thoroughly impress with Season V: Maybe forgotten. Maybe glorious..

“Ago” and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Emerging Singles’ Spotify playlist.

We discovered this release via MusoSoup, as part of the artist’s promotional campaign.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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