Erick Mertz Author – Black To Comm – “Seven Horses For Seven Kings”

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dark ambient, erick mertz, music for writersThis album is dark ambient. It’s as dark as night.

But if you allow the collection of sour electroacoustic sounds on Black To Comm’s newest record, Seven Horses For Seven Kings to have their way with your imagination, they spin a beautiful tapestry as well.

Black to Comm is a mysterious electronic outfit that comes out of Hamburg, Germany. Over the last decade or so the group has produced a long string of dark ambient recordings, making bleak atmospheres and cinematic sonic experimentation their signature.

Seven Horses For Seven Kings is layered with distorted and harrowing electroacoustic sounds. The experimental aspects come across as rich and complex. They stand out front and are deeply satisfying. The thirteen tracks wash together into a glowering labyrinthine mix. There are a few sonic swells on the record that may prove distracting to the creative process. It may be an album best listened to at lower volumes, but the resulting backdrop fills up a writing session with bits of cosmic ponder as well as terror. A lot of dark ambient postures around a high concept and Black To Comm delivers that. This recording is sticky and has a cinematic scope.

I would recommend this album to anyone who writes fiction. I think this would be especially appealing for those working in the horror or supernatural thriller genres. There are a host of scary emotions throughout and the visuals are difficult to set aside. The run time clocks in at just over an hour, making Seven Horses For Seven Kings ideal for exploring a haunting sequence or breaking out a kill scene.

You can get the digital version of Seven Horses For Seven Kings here from Thrill Jockey. Also, check out Black To Comm’s Bandcamp page here for their extensive back catalog.

Are you a supernatural fiction author with a favorite writing album? Have you given this Black To Comm album a listen?

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Leave me a comment below, or better yet, suggest an album for writing and I’ll cover it in my another installment of my “Music For Writers” column.

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