In the beginning it looked like an ordinary storm...
After three years of intense work, dark ambient disciple False Mirror returns with his third full-length journey, aptly entitled “Derelict World”.
With the timeless drones of his debut “Chronostatic Scenes” and the icy soundscapes on his highly acclaimed sophomore masterpiece “North” still resonating through space, solo artist Tobias Hornberger delivers “Derelict World”, his most massive and epic undertaking so far.
As with its two brooding predecessors, his third work of masterfully crafted ambient has become a monumental alliance of dark drones, frostbitten soundscapes and warm vibrating tones from the deep bowels of the earth.
Famous for his skilled use of field recordings from an extremely diversified range (some of the recordings stem from an old monastery, the medieval city of Ulm or the Arabian sea) and for his ability to cloak the superior forces of nature into menacing, yet beautifully devised sounds, “Derelict World” also offers a truly apocalyptic concept that blends perfectly with the dense wall of sound on this mysterious ambient challenge: Nothing less than the end of humanity, brought upon this world by the relentless forces of nature forms the basis on which the resonating and thundering tracks develop into chimaeras of terrible momentum, ever-changing and ever-increasing their dramatic potential.
Devised with sophisticated software he solely created for composing this album, False Mirror easily evokes elemental feelings like sublimity, fear or trepidation – culminating in an impending sense of doom that never leaves the listener and brings to life the destructive side of nature that surrounds us every day.
From the sheer force of a tornado set loose to the beguiling calm within the eye of the storm, Derelict World is a 74 minute long sonic journey into a desolated, depopulated world.
A 20 page booklet with a conceptually linked short story written by author and journalist Björn Springorum, as well as a poster with the baleful cover, accompany the release. The album is moreover equipped with a number of hidden messages that lead to a rewarding “Bonus World” on falsemirror.de.
…and the rest was silence.
“One of the best dark ambient releases in recent years!” 9.5/10 Orkus
“One of the best CDs I’ve ever listened to.” M. Sturtzer, Phelios
“In short, this is one of the best dark ambient releases I have heard for quite some time. Highly recommended.” 5/5 Chain DLK