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Unreqvited — Mosaic II: La Déteste Et La Détresse

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Since the release of its debut album, Disquiet, back in 2016, the Unreqvited project has been extremely prolific. What has enused is a steady stream of material including 2 embient EPs, 1 new songon a compilation titled Imperfect, a pair of full-length follow-up records in Stars Wept To The Sea (review) and Mosaic I: L'Amour Et L'Ardeur (review), a full-length debut from The Ember, The Ash (review), a split EP with Sylvaine (review) and now this second "Mosaic" record. For a one-man project, that's an impressive discography to amass in such a short amount of time.

In spite of the amount of material being released, Unreqvited has managed to maintain a high quality standard across every effort. Mosaic II: La Déteste Et La Détresse is no exception, offering the listener another 47 minutes of intricate, melancholic blackgaze. The fourth full-length effort from the project shows further maturity in the musicianship and song writing. Hints of the ambient EPs can be found in the lush synths backing most of the album, while the more furious instrumentals like the blast beats at the end of "Wasteland" would be right at home on the The Ember, The Ash record, as does "Transience III: The Static." The opener, "Nightfall," even features what appears to be a reharmonization of the main Ghost Bath-sounding riff in "Stardust" from The Stars Wept To The Sea.

The inclusion of some glitchy flourishes and trap hi-hats in very brief sections were a welcome addition to the overall mix, as was the acoustic guitar on "Disorder." The final 3 tracks are part of a greater piece called "Transience" that gives the album some post-rock street cred. They are a combination of heavily synth-driven cuts that make the back half of Mosaic II a very calm and melodic affair, in contrast to the much higher tempo tracks at the front. Like the individual tracks themselves, the album is a series of waves — long, brooding builds that crest in epic, multi-layered passages with a symphonic grandeur. The distinctive Unreqvited sound remains intact, but the production is another area that has improved — the drums have a notably fuller tone and the record feels more sonically dense.

Mosaic II is a worthy addition to the Unreqvited discography. This largely instrumental project — save for the use of tortured screams and howls in choice places — has been a consistent source of first-rate material in the post-black metal genres. The mixture clean guitars, pianos and haunting orchestral and choral synths, seasoned with judicious amounts of distortion and blast beats continues to be a really compelling brew. You can't go wrong with any Unreqvited albums, this is a great effort for existing fans and newcomers alike, I give this my full recommendation.

Summary

One of the busiest one-man bands on the planet, Unreqvited is back with a fourth full-length album in Mosiac II: La Déteste Et La Détresse. A bit more than three quartters of an hour of melodic, epic blazegaze. Fans of the project can rest assured that this is another batch of quality material and newcomers can't get a better introduction than this. Mosaic II gets the 2020 release schedule off with a strong start.

Album Information

Release date: January 10th, 2020
Record label: Prophecy Productions

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Track Listing

  1. Nightfall
  2. Wasteland
  3. Pale
  4. Disorder
  5. Transience I: The Ambivalent
  6. Transience II: The Gentle Void
  7. Transience III: The Static

Link: unreqvited.bandcamp.com

—by Derek

Published: February 6th, 2020.