Svart1 – Monotono (Mask of the Slave)

Dark Ambient for connoisseurs.


The project of Raimondo Gaviano hails from Italy. He’s a multidisciplinary artist who works with ambient, dark ambient, power electronics and so on.

Monotono (stylized Monòtono) comprises of nameless nine tracks clocking in at one hour of strange ambiences and strange soundscapes.

Although not being the most original work that one can hear inside this style of music, this is a decent opus with a good mix and sounds that is a true trip to the unknown.

Some songs have pulse while others have not, but this is very progressive in the performance. While the album starts just as something like a drone, as the track passes, sounds of water, loops and so on, make the background rhythm that makes everything better from the listener’s point of view.

Of course, there’s no highlight (dark ambient works rarely do), and this is a unique, abstract, personal and introspective experience that appeals only in an appropriate set up in an appropriate time, depending on one’s disposition.

That’s what will make the album of Svart1 such a good (or bad) experience, the angle and outlook of the listener: apart from that this is an exquisite and beautiful work of art.

Monotono is out now on Mask of the Slave.

Rating: 8/10

Roderick Totentanz


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