Given his fast-developing activity with his own brainchild Forgotten Backyard, Dennis’ prolificacy might seem at odds with the patient and subtly unfurling Ambient sounds he creates. This one-man project first hit EMW’s radar less than three months ago with the still-warm debut album Cerulean Wasteland, released for free download through French netlabel Ambientaria Records: albeit not perfect and wholly accomplished, its fleeing, disquieting sub-drones were capable of gliding effortlessly through the listener’s mind, depicting agoraphobic sceneries of an exhausted, desolated Earth drained away of vital energies. Next, he issued this follow-up Ep, entitled De Poussière Rouge, on which Dennis seemed to take a few steps away from the menacing, industrialized foundations upon which Forgotten Backyard had been erected, taking a careful and well positioned steps towards lighter, less oppressive territories.
The main feature all Forgotten Backyard music has in common is kept on this Ep, weaving a thin silver thread between De Poussière Rouge and its predecessor – and it consists in the whispery, perpetual morphing of the sounds, with hints of ungraspable harmony emerging and retreating in slow, hallucinated cycles. But the deep, belly-rumbling drones that enerved the debut and its post-atomic, weighty atmosphere have been supplanted by a more ethereal, naturalistic – but also more ‘background-oriented’ and less ‘imaginative’ – take on FB’s established Dark Ambient style, much as the natural prosecution of Cerulean Wasteland was the narration of the new life sprouting from the ruins of the eradicated civilization.
De Poussière Rouge is comprised of four tracks, clocking in at thirty-nine minutes (although an exclusive ghost-track is to be downloaded on the band’s ReverbNation page), and, as all the other releases by Ambientaria, is available for free directly from the label’s website. It’s the title track opening the Ep with its haunting, dizzying course carrying a stream of hard-to-define feelings, while L’Aube seems to venture even deeper into the comely and suspended turn taken by the music. Soleil de Minuit feels like a spiritic elemental manifestation, with its crackling of flames mouthed by eerie humming and echoing with thunderous, far off clangs. The conclusive track is but the video version of L’Aube, which means that the listener only gets three ‘real’ songs on this Ep.
De Poussière Rouge is rather unlikely to be the crowning achievement of Forgotten Backyard, as Dennis’ project will surely be awarded plenty of opportunities to continue progressing in the future; plus, it has a slight interlocutory flavour and does not possess the powerful evocative charge of Cerulean Wasteland. Nevertheless, this is a nice way to whet the appetite of Dark Ambient fans for further immersions into Forgotten Backyard’s soundscapes until Dennis unveils the project’s next evolutionary step, and it goes without saying that the fact that it can be downloaded for free represents a valid reason to recommend this Ep.