Richard A Ingram - Consolamentum
Following a self-released CD-R EP, ‘Consolamentum’ is Richard’s debut solo album. From its opening moments the ambition of Ingram’s work is immediately apparent; where did this come from? Words really cannot do this music justice, if only because the assuredness of the music speaks for itself. Using electric and nylon string guitars, piano, a variety of tape recorders and assorted electrical equipment, ‘Consolamentum’ casts an oppressive shadow over a distant and very dark horizon, a vision of bleak futurism.
While Richard admits to taking inspiration for the track titles from the history of the Cathars, he is adamant that ‘this is not a fucking religious concept album’. There is an unstated narrative in the album’s six track titles, but it is the sequence and flow of the music which creates its own narrative. ‘Consolamentum’ is not ‘a score for a film not yet written’, nor is it ambient ‘drift’ designed to soundtrack some nebulous void between waking and sleeping – current and lazy ‘ambient music’ tropes are inapplicable to this (and any) music so demanding of attention. ‘Consolamentum’ could be classed as some form of ‘acoustic doom’, perhaps some form of drone based music, but it is none of these things; it exists entirely in a realm of its own.
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Richard A Ingram - de Montfort
Richard A Ingram - The Consolamentum
Richard A Ingram - Béziers
Richard A Ingram - The Melioramentum
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