Tauusk is an instrumental ambient/drone/doom band from Romania focused on evoking and exploring ethereal and ominous soundscapes.
Tauusk strives to play around with the power of suggestion. Through sonic ambiguity and general vagueness, the music off¬ers only general guidelines towards basic interpretation, the rest being up to the listener’s imagination. Ritual and nature plays an important part in composition, but the same is true for the color and timbre of tones, not through purity, but through texture. Due to the experimental nature of the project, form and structure, like in nature, is ever changing, recorded songs being just frozen facets of existence.
Tauusk formed as a side-project of Razvan Lazea-Postelnicu, bass player in some notable Romanian bands. Songs are, to date, recorded entirely by him, though guest musicians might accompany him in live setups. The concept quickly grew and the debut album - a double album over two hours in length - Refuge, was released in the band’s first year of existence. The self-released album had positive reviews.
From the first pulsations of ‘Hither’, you are thrown into a vast,
black cave. Its ambiance is amplified by its thick and eternal
monumental structure. There’s nothing for you to see there—only
the sound waiting for you to surrender so it can fully captivate
you. In his debut album, the double-CD Refuge, Romania’s
Tauusk was slower and perhaps just a bit more synthetic, and also
a bit more careful with its listener. If Refuge was ‘Hello, this is
me’, then Hermit is a firm grip around your wrists: a ‘Follow me’,
ordered by a wall of drones that merge with your whole body,
resonating in your insides for about an hour.
HEATHEN HARVEST PERIODICAL – HERMIT
Holy fuck this one is absolutely fucking massive, a doom drone to
rival Sunn O))), with glacial black feedback and harrowing
electronics, Refuge is a monolithic record that fucks with everything,
all from a single Romanian dude, and this has no business
being a digital only free* release on Bandcamp, granted it clocks
in at over 2 hours (!) and the opening track is 37 minutes long (!!)
but still, someone hook this dude up with a label so we can get him
on the fast track to Vinyl-ville (sorry).
ANTI-GRAVITY BUNNY – REFUGE
Overwhelmed by the constant onrush of sound layers and under a
strong influence of ominous atmospheres, you will get lost in the
pulse of this one easily. This album takes the whole story of
TAUUSK further, and it is a bright guideline to follow in the
future. Hermit drowned us in sound, droned us through some
pretty disturbing moments and prepared a challenging task for
our nerves. Basically, the e¬ect of this release was like watching an
excellent horror movie, just much better. Drone on!
OFFCYCLES - HERMIT
Hermit – February 28 2015 Limited Edition CD (100) Cimmerian Shade Recordings
Hermit – December 6 2014 Limited Edition Cassette (75) Feathered Coyote Records
Refuge – March 21 2014 Limited Edition CD (50)
TAUUSK Facebook: www.facebook.com/Tauusk
TAUUSK Bandcamp: tauusk.bandcamp.com
Tauusk: Hither (Official Video): youtu.be/itu1Upwlrxs
Live @ Daos: youtu.be/vSydR1Gozdc