“The three pieces on Ashes and Blues, are comprised from sketchy ideas but Serries and Järmyr turn the fleeting musical motifs into multi-layered, enigmatic trance-like and deeply moving compositions. The slow shaping of guitar-produced thick sonic waves melt organically into the tribal drumming of Järmyr, bringing this piece into a majestic coda. Powerful and profound music.” – All About Jazz
“Ashes and Blues” is the first studio album by The Void of Expansion: The Swedish drummer Tomas Järmyr (Zu, Motorpsycho, Yodok, Yodok III) and the legendary Belgian guitarist Dirk Serries (VidnaObmana, Fear Falls Burning, Yodok III, Kodian Trio).
With an introspective, enigmatic, yet equally feral and untamed sound, the work of The Void of Expansion moves within the limits of genres such as shoegaze, drone, free jazz and modern sound experimentation.
The musical exercise of The Void of Expansion in “Ashes and Blues” is like that of a craftsman working his art in precise detail, while at once creating the impression of free motion through sinuous paths.
Movement gives way to the overflowing energy of free improvisation, in an exercise of concentration and expansion, levels of tension and liberation of energy, breaking through layers of sound, textures of various kinds, amplitudes and unorthodox harmonic, melodic and rhythmic structures and patterns with an almost psychic effectiveness, automatically remitting to a cosmic vastness, desolate places, nocturnal glares and a special ritual aroma.