Technically this is a split cassette release, but Totenbaum Träger and Projet Muet are the work of Montreal experimental musician Dominic Marion. Both sides feature similar ideas, so at first you wonder why they're even being treated as separate entities. However, repeated listens reveal logic at work, even if both sides explore related ends of the avant-garde musical spectrum.
As Totenbaum Träger, Marion focuses on long droning notes and splashes of ambient western guitar twang, the mood slowly swinging from restful to menacing. While he does have a couple of collaborators on board, this material has a more singular vision than the Projet Muet recordings, which find Marion working in a trio format that moves dramatically through different vibes and textures. The songs are dark but playful, and almost sound like a full band, albeit a very strange one. Mood music for moody people.
Top track: Dragging A Dead Tree Up The Hill