Crepuscular (which stands for something relating to twilight, or for something dim) is a one-man band from Argentina that makes dark music, ranging from dark ambient and drone to more electric and industrial sounds. The band has made 9 splits, two EP's, 10 albums, and has taken part on 17 compilations - all this between 2006 and the present moment, the beginning of 2010. Most of the aforementioned releases were published as downloads on the web and/or as limited CDR's, but this one release, being the band's tenth full-lenght, was released as a Pro-CDR through the rather new label called "Black Drone". This is the first release I've heard from the band. The printed CD-R comes packed in one-sided prints on front and back, no booklet or whatsoever included - do note that this shows in the album's highly affordable price. The dark, simplistic and partially space-related imagery is very fitting to the release's sound and theme and holds all the necessary info, and even though I would've wanted more the album's price leaves me no reason or right to complain.
If you want to skip all the song-by-song-action, skip to the paragraph starting with the word "overall". As odd as it may sound, the EP starts with it's weakest song. Almost seven minutes long, "Descending Darkness" offers a background of vast soft bass drones, topped with louder guitar manipulations. These manipulations range from a single low distorted note to an echoed one, to some thinner and higher ones in the background and to some really stretched ones. Most of these don't sound very interesting, and they don't really fit on the background drones; they sound slightly "synth-like" and even glued-on, their fades and "appearances" are rather predictable, and they simply are not enough to fully fill the soundscape: this causes an empty feel when any of the notes end, which is a real mood-killer. Their progression also seems to lack a general idea, which really damages the song. The end result is really dissappointing, even though the track manages to have some entertaining and atmospheric moments it's still too lacking to create a good dark atmosphere that would last the seven minutes.
Luckily, the second song is way better than the first one. It's also about seven minutes in lenght, but contrary to the song number one, this one seems to have a general idea that carries through it. It mostly consists of some really vast and short soft "outbursts" of guitar distortion, backed with some ethereal synth-like sounds and, naturally, some low droning in the background. The rhytmically progressing guitar notes create a nice flow to the song, and it's sparse changes in pitch or density are even surprisingly interesting. Towards the end of the song the ethereal background ambience gets more and more room in the mix, and the guitar distortion turns into a thinner and softer one. The song has a good and appealing atmosphere and it's layered nature and increasing amount of twists towards it's end is bound to keep you in place, focused.
Song three is the point where the album really gets interesting in my opinion. It's six minutes long, and in the beginning it consists mostly of some stretched, slightly harsh but ethereal high sounds that create an even fragile atmosphere - which is naturally emphasized by the previous track's brooding nature. After two or so minutes the fragility is mostly replaced by some harsher and more low-pitch sounds and, again, some low bassy droning in the background. The song is really fittingly titled, and while it's end isn't as interesting as it's beginning sound- and atmosphere-wise, it's still a nice listen and travel.
Song four is under five minutes long, and it's mostly based around (something resembling) the organ. It creates a good contrast to the distortion-based tracks by being fully distortion-free and soft, and well more purely ambient-esque despite it's slight droning. It's still as vast as the others, and gives the listener a good breathing pause while sounding fitting and interesting. Song five, over seven minutes long again, starts building up really slowly. There's some bubbling and really low drones in the background that would've deserved a slightly higher volume level. The main focus goes to some high, even screeching sounds that get more and more screeching and "bold" as the track progresses. By four minutes the background drone and it's bubbling sound is nicely audible and the somewhat soft screeches are there, occasionally filling up the soundscape. Whereas the "really low - really high" -combination might be risky to execute, the artist managed to pull it off really well: the whole doesn't sound empty at all. At five minutes the whole starts melting together, and a white noise -like distortion comes to fill up the soundscape whilst the screeches fade to something more ambient-esque. The nice atmosphere is only ruined by the song's rather fast fade-out ending, something that plagues the whole release.
Overall this release presents a two-sided image of the band. It seems as the band knows how to create interesting sounds and dark wholes and atmospheres out of 'em, but it also seems that this album was created or finished too hastily; for example the first song seems to lack the general idea, and some of the guitar distortions don't seem to be able to find their places in the soundscape. The songs also end a bit abruptly, and this fact in addition to the couple first songs' occasionally fumbling progression leads me to think that slight improvisation might have a role in the composing process.
All in all, I'd still recommend getting to know this band to any fan of dark ambient or darker drone soundscapes, simply due to the fact that this man has got some talent in making some really captivating atmospheres and sounds. He would've evidently had what it takes to make a stronger and a more unified soundscape, but it seems like he finished the release too eagerly; the atmosphere doesn't captivate you to concentrate on the album through it's whole lenght, even though the release is somewhat short. The atmosphere and the changes in the music keep the album for becoming background music for most of the time, but it's not the musical whole and the overall mood that captivate you, as they should do. Still worth checking out, for sure.