The four tracks on Decay by Nodepet sound like the work of some otherworldly glass harmonica, a massive structure that expands to fill whatever room you choose to play the album in. For each track, the primary sound is a glistening but substantive shimmer that has no attack and, true to the title, enormous decay.
Compositionally, the pieces are distinguished not only by the lovely sound of those circumference-riding tones, but by the occasional silences that Nodepet, born Olliver Wichmann, uses to punctuate the drama. “My Enemy Insight” (MP3) contains some of the more threatening additional sounds, compressed flurries of noise that suggest things moving in the dark. “Behind the Mask” (MP3) inserts some additional textures and lurking noise. Aside from a watery undercurrent, “Wall of Fear” (MP3) uses higher pitches than does the rest of the album, which induces some unease, despite the beauty of the tones themselves. And “Last Possible Lie” (MP3), on which the set closes, is Decay‘s quietest and least foreboding entry.
Get additional details at the releasing netlabel, petcord.com. More info on Nodepet/Wichmann, who’s based in Germany, at his website, nodepet.com.