Empusae has been paving the way for many years know, resulting in the release of one critically acclaimed album after another. The main man, Sal-Ocin, is also a much valued contributor and/or band member of a great myriad of acts, like for instance Ordo Rosarius Equilibrio, Onus and BARST — just to name a few. Although his music warrants a broad appeal, Empusae is best known in the dark electronica scene. With his release of the deeply personal album Lueur, Empusae is breaking out of these confines for sure. Lueur most definitely sounds unmistakably like Empusae, but the dark and brooding drone palette expands his sound tremendously. Testament to the gap Empusae bridges on this new album are the guest vocals of CHVE (Amenra, Sembler Deah, Kigdom, CHVE, …). CHVE’s characteristic vocal approach gives the music an extra sense of grief and longing, lending the music an extra urgency. This tale about darkness and light will not leave you unmoved and is bound to linger in your mind.
Lueur will be released on April 7th through Consouling Sounds and you can pre-order the album through here. Listen to an excerpt of the track ‘Guiding Light’ below.
Photo credit: Leon De Backer