The best dungeon synth releases conjure a mood of ritual, isolation, mysticism, and darkness. Whether soundtracking a table-top gaming session or accompanying a journey into a dark forest, the genre acts as a companion malleable to a variety of contexts. The “slow, spectral gloom” of French dungeon synth apothecary Wydraddear comes up clutch on a trio of ethereal, bewitching tunes on their latest release, Which Stems From The Sap. The second track, “Under the Ktammi Bark,” mixes elements of drone and bewitching synths for a melancholy yet menacing seance of sounds. California label So Called Hell has only five releases in its 3 years of existence, but each showcases an enigmatic liturgy of sounds that are as enticing as they are funereal (check out a rare label Q&A from late 2020). Which Stems From The Sap is a brief release, but with tracks like “Under the Ktammi Bark,” it’s alluring dirge-like qualities bring you in and captivate along the way.
Look for Which Stems from the Sap in cassette and digital editions April 15.