The first release by NYM on attenuation circuit is a self-titled (or untitled?) 22-minute piece that brings minimalism to a new highpoint. Monochrome sheets of quietly hissing aural fog envelop the scene, creating a post-human, nearly static environment, until muffled clangs and clashes emerge from the bleak backdrop. Few and far between at first, they slowly gather speed and eventually coalesce into rhythmic loops.
Provocatively little is done to create variety, development, or drama in this piece, yet it is just enough to keep monotony at bay. Actually, the combination of slowly nodding loops and the breath-like hiss serves to create a somewhat hypnotic atmosphere. Strangely soothing in effect, the piece is not ‘dark’ ambient in the sense of ‘eerie’ – the prevailing feel is rather one of calm resignation to the state of the universe. It is hard to pigeonhole NYM, but the artist’s feel for economical use of sonic resources sure is impressive.