Mosaic I: l’amour et l’ardeur by UnreqvitedRelease date: November 23, 2018
Label: Northern Silence Productions
Post-black metal is a surprisingly rich and multi-coloured spectrum, offering various forms of audial emotions and intricate genre surfing. It is a broad tapestry of light and dark painted with many vibrant hues yet slashed with the expressive purge of catharsis. This cathartic release and contrast of emotions is what makes the genre so diverse, so expansive and so thoroughly beautiful. An art to suffer for.
Canada’s Unreqvited fills the same void that bands like Violet Cold and Sadness do, creating songs that traverse the many paths through depression and elation. Sole member 鬼 began Unreqvited a few years back as a coping mechanism and like many of the genres frontrunners his reflective and deeply personal music struck a relatable chord with listeners, myself included. The release of debut album Disquiet garnered much praise and its title track is still one of my most cherished songs. Sophomore release Stars Wept To The Sea followed just eight months ago in a tidal wave of ethereal beauty and now 鬼 is proving himself to be quite the bountiful musician with album number three, Mosaic I: l’amour et l’ardeur, the first of two unique parts.
‘Sunrise’ starts the album with a regal tone and an outpouring of optimistic rays that follow a gently serene intro. Under the sanguine instrumental beats powerful percussion and glorious synths, completely bereft of vocals it still casts a sunny luminance upon the listener. ‘Dreamscape’ is the album highlight and paired with the equally beautiful ‘Radiant’ showcase 鬼’s talent for understanding scintillating beauty through music. The albums tone returns to that of Stars Wept To The Sea and a more post-black vibe, reintroducing 鬼’s tormented cries and harsher guitars. ‘Dreamscape’ is packed with textures, undying strength as well as delicacy. It holds your hand through the unknown and powers on into the vibrance of ‘Radiant’ through a gorgeously sweet keyboard transition.
Lead single ‘Balance’ has flavours of the first track, incorporating sounds of tranquillity whilst flowing nicely through post-rock and elegant ambient soundscapes. ‘Permanence’ seals off this album beautifully with a gleeful mix of acoustic and electric guitars and pounding drum sections, painting a light and dark contrast throughout its thirteen minute runtime. Halfway through the light gets a little dimmer and the tone shifts more towards post-black with stabs of heavy guitars, sombre acoustics and sinister ambience, ushering in the tone of the second part to come.
As with Unreqvited’s previous releases no songs feature lyrics, instead 鬼’s lamenting screams pierce through the dreamy layers of various bleak and colourful atmospheres with the startling ability to cause you to emote with the simplest of ease. There is a hugely resonant quality to 鬼’s music and has the power to make even a single note or tune stick with you throughout the day, dancing playfully in your head. Yes, Mosaic I: l’amour et l’ardeur is beyond stunning.
Part 1, l’amour et l’ardeur, is a stellar piece of work that has the breadth of a universal rainbow stretching to the wonders of infinity. Infused with an infinite amount of colours, thoughts and feelings it is yet another wonderful leap in 鬼’s incredible musical journey and an album that could heal the most wounded soul.