I do not know if this is the first work between METEK and Sean Derrick Cooper Marquardt, I would be greatly surprised given each musician’s prolific output. (A cursory look makes it appear that this is their first collaboration.) METEK aka Fredrik Nilsson has worked with dozen of experimental musicians as well as releasing several solo releases. Maqrquardt’s output is even more staggering. What it comes down to is that both musicians do not fear collaborations and release some great experimental music. So I was very excited to listen to The Beauty of Blasphemy.
“Friday Evening” opens up The Beauty of Blasphemy by METEK and Sean Derrick Cooper Marquardt. This track, as well as most of the album, appears dronish, but there are other sonic bits at play here, whether it is electronic manipulations, field recordings or background voices. The second track “Monday Morning”, still filled with drones, begins with what sounds like the exhaust of some tremendous spaceship. The sounds change throughout this 5-minute piece, but the sonic frame does not.
“Monday Night” continues the mood which borders on ambient, but that limits The Beauty of Blasphemy‘s genre — that is if it has any. A feeling of not-quite-sadness permeates all of these tracks, but oddly it is a joy to listen to. The last track is “The Beauty of Blasphemy” which begins a bit more noisy than the other tracks is equally as beautiful as the rest.
Oddly, as I write this revew of METEK and Sean Derrick Cooper Marquardt’s work and I use words such a ambient, beauty and sadness, I am unsure if those who love what is considered ambient music today would like this work at all. For me, the combination of noise and drone is what makes this album so wonderful.