I wasn’t too familiar with Kevin (I’ve heard about 30 seconds of Gorguts ages ago) so I’m coming in neophyte status here. That being said…
…this is what else I’m going to say…
I absolutely adore music when I’m able to discern and appreciate the little details. There are a lot of little details here…in fact, the whole album is “little details.” I’m going to postulate that he spent many hours assembling this thing…hell…this monolithic edifice.
How can I break this down? Start with a raw slab of metallic guitar noise and start molding. Add some extended techniques here, some multi-track guitars there. Throw in some drone to taste, maybe a little extreme noise just for some flavor…and garnish it all off with a nice big steaming dollop of darkness.
Yes, darkness, darkness pervades this release. I’m not talking about the creepy crawly kinda darkness you might hear on an early “Univers Zero” record. What I’m talking about is the scorched earth / blasted landscape / nuclear burn / Richard Pinhas sorta darkness. This is the sort of darkness that closes in on your psyche, the kind of darkness that suffocates you as your oxygen tank wheezes out it’s last breath into your dying lungs…that kind of darkness. Just to clarify, this darkness is aiming to blot out, deface and vaporize any thought of that long walk on the beach on that fresh Spring day with your best girl.
Got bludgeoned lately? This is a fine and beautiful way.
This is what happens when you cross electro-acoustic with psychedelia—Hint: It’s all good!
This is what I’ve noticed after listening to this record a few times:
1-The sum of Sitar player Filipe Dias De + electronic manipulator Bob Meanza = a mind blasting trip through the baby-like silk smooth-bathed in newborn innocence /virginal / milk-fed brain of the unsuspecting listener.
2-At some point during this trip, the above soul (mentioned in #1) consciously realizes that he is quite powerless/helpless/hamstrung/fucked resulting in the above mentioned virginal/milk-fed brain to morph in upon itself, change its chemical and physical constitution in order to come out (safely) on the other side (albeit as a blackened smoldering, viscous mound of semi-cognizance).
3-The above mentioned semi-cognizant mind, in order to achieve adequate regeneration must immediately consume the essential salts (go downstairs, eat cold pizza) and, in a post-haste fashion curl up in bed for a hopefully dreamless (but probably not due to the lingering effects of #2) nights sleep.
That’s what I’ve noticed after listening to this record a few times.
(It’s really good, it’s really unusual and, as a post thought…there is a point when a highly manipulated / processed voice started talking in an unrecognized tongue on this recording…I believe this voice was mocking me for even thinking I can survive this and come out intact. It was right.)
Recommended for the intrepid psychonaut.
From New York’s Spectrum:
– Live 45 feat. Fjola Evans (July 7)
– Melody and Company Chamber Series curated by Melody Fader (July 9)
Melody Fader, Keats Dieffenbach, Emily Popham Gilliins & Hamilton Berry
– Gabriel Zucker presents Thursdays on the Spectrum (July 9)
– Jen Kutler (July 10)
– Aaron Roche (July 10)
– Mick Rossi’s Outliers series returns with 4k4: Andy Laster, Peter Hess, Charles Waters & Rossi (July 11)
– Zach Seely’s (con)temporary (in)sights series featuring Rane Moore (July 11)
– Early/Late Series with Seth Gilman (July 12)
– the cellar and the point Series feat. Oren Fader (July 16)
– ArtsDirect (July 17)
– Glenda Bates (July 18)
– Hans Tammen’s Dark Circuits Series feat. Matthew Ostrowski (July 18)
– Ramin Arjomand’s Reinterpretations series (July 19)
– Vox Temporum curated by Brian Erickson & Lester St. Louis feat. Gabriel Zucker & Nathan Braginsky (July 19)
– Eleonor Sandresky’s Retes Series continues with 12-Tone Drone feat. Randy Gibson (July 24)
– Late Night with The Brothers Balliett (July 25)
– Anne Goldberg (July 26)
– Well-Tempered Clavier, Book One in honor of the 265th Anniversary of Bach’s death with 24 piano superstars (July 28)
Adam Tendler, Blair McMillen, Joan Forsyth, Joseph Kubera, Kathleen Supove, Phyllis Chen,
Taka Kigawa, Lisa Moore, Jed Distler, David Holzman, and many more
– Max Johnson, Kamala Sankaram, Kelli Kathman, Fung Chern Hwei & Claudine Hickman (July 31)
– Lorin Roser Trio with Tim Cramer, John Mairino & Roser (July 31)