Nortt, and their Galgenfristy Kenopsia

galgenfrist, coverThe third track on Nortt’s Galgenfrist is “Af Døde,” and it, like the rest of this 2007 album of blackened ambient sludgy funeral doom, is the sound of kenopsia, “The eerie, forlorn atmosphere of a place that’s usually bustling with people but is now abandoned and quiet… an emotional after-image that makes it seem not just empty, but hyper-empty, with a total population in the negative, who are so conspicuously absent they glow like neon signs.” [Source here.] The sirens that kick in in the second half of the tune are discomfiting, but ambiguously, because it’s not clear which of two scary alternatives are occurring:

there are sounds like huge, hollow, forlorn sirens, wailing and wailing– the question is, did they just start sounding off, and if so, what the fuck for, or two: they’ve been going off for a long time, in which case what the fuck happened here? In either case, the conspicuous absence of people in this soundscape inevitably returns to, drips back down into, that kenopsia.

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