A gorgeous, tense, and engulfing noise/ambient composition from Melinoe spread across two sides. "Rope Burn Stigmata" is really a beautiful and transcendent piece of soundcraft, with competing layers of thick, rumbling static and distortion and shifting overtones of yearning string manipulations meeting to form a piece that is both hypnotic and deeply unsettling. Ben describes this work as "orchestral noise wall," and that's an incredibly accurate description. It reminds me very much of Eno's "Discreet Music" crossed with the harsher, more industrial moments of Maeror Tri. It's really something special.
Released in a limited edition of 10 hand-numbered copies. $10 ppd. in the United States, $26 rest of world.