Déhà – Ave Maria II

If there’s something complicated about being a music lover, it’s finding oneself loving almost unconditionally the work of an artist who can be defined as euphemistically prolific. To help put some order to those who come to listen to his works, Déhà tries at least to differentiate the monikers he uses according to the genre proposed, even if sometimes it is only the nuances that make the difference between the various Slow, Imber Luminis, Yhdarl and the project that identifies with his stage name. Ave Maria II, in fact, would be the conceptual sequel to the album of the same name released as Yhdarl in 2011 and considered among the best produced under that label. This second part, which comes ten years later, turns out to be quite far from the drone black doom offered in that guise and therefore flows appropriately into the most heterogeneous container and, at the same time, more prone to melody among those manipulated by the Belgian musician. And, in fact, in Ave Maria II there is a lot of melody, only that it is cleverly wrapped in an impetus that I would call orchestral and obviously mottled by the heinous scream of ours. What differentiates the work from, for example, the last releases under the name Imber Luminis is precisely this liturgical feeling on which stands out, especially in the second part, the voice of the Dutch soprano Madicken de Vries; I think it’s superfluous to point out that the work, despite the title, does not explain any sudden religious enlightenment by Déhà, but reveals yet another successful attempt to use music as an authentic therapeutic outlet, where all the malaise, discomfort and despair repressed are rejected with a dramatic inspiration that, in his discography, is matched by the never enough praised Same Old Silences by Imber Luminis. Those who approach these three quarters of an hour of harrowing music know what to expect and if someone can object that the scheme dictated by Déhà is consolidated, at the limits of predictability, I answer without hesitation that what makes the difference is the emotional potential resulting from an authentic feeling and not a facade. Depressive orchestral black funeral doom? Maybe, assign it the label you like best, Ave Maria II will certainly cause you more or less deep lacerations, probably irremediable.

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