Hoedh – Hymnvs (1993)

February 4, 2011

Where to begin with this masterpiece? Hymnvs is composed of seven instrumentals that all seem to be stuck in a minor key. The atmospheric production lends it an otherworldly quality. The melodies are simple, almost pastoral. Repetition is in every song. And yet it never grows old.

I have doubts about tagging this CD as ‘dark ambient’. It isn’t really ambient at all. It’s more like a series of hymns (get it?) that never venture too far from the predominant mood.

The sense of melancholia found on Hymnvs never lifts, although it does vary in degree from song to song. My favorites are the 1st, 3rd, 4th, 6th and last songs.

The liner notes appear to be a ‘universal philosophical text’, but unsurprisingly they’re in German, with this exception:

ET IN ARCADIA EGO

I TEGO ARCANA DEI

The main downside to this CD is that it’s out of print which makes it hard to find. Gloomy melodies don’t sell very well unless they have catchy choruses, I guess.