In Aeternam Vale, a French three piece with Laurent Prot as the frontman, made their mark in history as quite possibly being the first group to produce a dub techno track which goes by the name “Ultrabase.” In Aeternam Vale, however, mainly specialized in cold wave and experimental takes on electronic music in general. Dust Under Brightness is a grimy and, as Minimal Wave calls it, grisly collection of industrial, cold wave and even psychedelia. Dust Under Brightness is equal parts molasses-like sludge and drug-fueled elasticity. Dust Under Brightness is like the aural personification of you trudging through the sewers while there’s some rager going on above the dark and cold concrete ceiling. This is a collection of tracks spanning from 1985 to 1988 and while you can detect their age, it still manages to give you the creeps. If you aren’t sitting in a dark corner having sweats right now, you’ll think you are once you put this on. Listen to Dust Under Brightness below via the Spotify stream and see what you think of it. Cheers!

The Details

Minimal Wave is proud to present a second volume of selections from our French favorites, In Aeternam Vale. Culled from a vast archive of recordings, these tracks were originally self-released on various cassettes by the band’s frontman Laurent Prot between 1985-1988. The sound ranges from early EBM / industrial to gristly coldwave to dark reverby guitar psychedelia. This record illustrates the stylistic range that, through experimentation and fearlessness, Laurent Prot and Pascal Aubert were capable of producing. To quote a review from In Aeternam Vale’s self-titled LP (2009) : “All the caustic, lazy, lowbrow/highbrow genius is there and even though the music is still raw, ramshackle and DIY-sounding, it’s produced and mastered like a MOTHERF***R!”. MW036 is a limited edition pressing of 999 hand-numbered copies, housed in matte heavy weight printed sleeve and black paper innersleeve. Special thanks to Eamon Ore-Giron for providing the cover painting.

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