Noêta challenges your senses through paranoia, anxiety and darkness on Beyond Life and Death
Can ideas formulate without thinking about them? Noêta thinks so. Taken from Greek philosophy, the band name churns dark ambient like a meditative ritual. In the Hindu Creation Hymn, there was nothing and then there was an emotion . . . the thought of nothing become something. Beyond Life and Death is the idea itself.
A journey from introspection, the album comes from multi-instrumentalists Êlea and ndris and it is as moody as you can imagine. The songs are barren and stark but opens the mind into a world that is challenging: paranoia, anxiety, mortality. Whatever your fears may be, this album allows for exposure.
A song like “In Drowning” is action through inaction. The haunting chanting of Êlea’s vocals turns the music into a lost journey into the abyss. The song sends chills down your spine. You expect the song to elevate into something bold and stark but it leaves us with a lack of absolution. “And I’m drowning, and I’m drowning, and I’m drowning,” ad infinitum.
This is how most of the songs on this album break down. It’s the art of the thought, the pretense to reaction. With a gothic swirl, this Swedish duo put careful thought into how each instrument portrays a mood. From a down-tuned processed drum to the tone of a guitar, it is enough to bury your head in your hands and take a dive into the conceptual realism of ideas that come from the purity of existence.
A Black Tape for A Blue Girl guitar strum in “In Void,” to the fog-covered Dead Can Dance-like mystery of “In Thunder,” the brooding that comes to life is half the intrigue to this mantra. If you lose touch with reality while listening then congratulations.