"This is a real joy – a split album dedicated to the work of Dario Argento and Giallo films in general. Just under an hour over two tracks of darkly sinister atmospherics from two French musicians. To match the filmic theme the CD is presented in a slim DVD case with lurid Gialloesque cover art; a very nice touch on an overall very considered and well-produced release.
Gerostenkorp comes first; this piece is a slowly evolving electro composition, at first atmospheric and dark, then abstract and frightening, then slinkily rhythmic and eventually percussive and aggressive. It has all of the elements of a great horror movie. The title “Velluto Grigio” refers to 1971 Argento film “4 Flies on Grey Velvet”, in which a musician is stalked and framed for a string of murders. The first half of this piece is slow-moving and dark, a little analogue synth meandering in and out of atmospheric rain and then descending to sinister quiet, as an ominous and thrilling bass drone underpins a wonderfully spooky ambient section. Then the analogue synthesizer returns and builds very slowly over the next few minutes into a slow rhythm, which all of a sudden is met with an insistent electro beat. This half of the track is less enjoyable than the first as it does seem to go on for slightly too long, but this is a small complaint.
Neonrain’s “Profondo Giallo” is in many ways a much stranger piece. It doesn’t build in the same way as Gerostenkorp’s, but does seem to become more and more intense over the course of its 28 minutes. This piece is in no hurry, and its glacial pacing is matched by its cold sounds and chilling atmosphere. It somehow reminds me of incidental music from a jazz-age hard-boiled detective movie, slowed almost to a standstill, then given an ethereal mood with synthetic sighing voices. That may sound a little prosaic but this track is quite pretty in its own way. I’m not sure exactly what relation this piece has to Dario Argento, Giallo films or Argento’s “Profondo Rosso”, but it certainly works as a coolly atmospheric composition, although it too feels like it goes on for a while too long.
This is a neat split album with a good concept and it’s presented very nicely. However I do wonder about the point of having two half-hour tracks, particularly as both of them seem a little long. There is a certain feeling of filling up space on the CD; perhaps if each of these tracks had kept to around twenty minutes they would not have felt like they were dragging. But as I said before, it’s a small complaint. The music from both acts is good, atmospheric and well-produced, and I do love the concept and the inspiration for this release."