Source: Cyclic Law.
BECKAHESTEN “Vattenhålens Dräpare” CD/LP (155th Cycle)
We’re honoured to finally reveal the mesmerising debut by Sweden’s Beckahesten. Featuring members Peo Bengtsson, Per Åhlund (Skare, Diskrepant and also former member of Sophia & live member of Karjalan Sissit) and the otherworldly vocal prowess of Viktoria Rolandsdotter. Their sound lingers within the shadow lands of ritual and folklore where solemn harmonies and rhythms intertwine with lyrical poetry, becoming rites and omens. Taking its name from an ancient folk tale of a horse that takes children onto it’s back to then bring them to a nearby lake and drown them… We’re offered a singular journey through windy fields and misty forests where mournful cries lure us toward the resting place of the pale and lifeless. White and insidiously beautiful it lures every soul to the eternal slumber within forest ponds and black pines. This whispering being of sheer mist and endlessly terrifying darkness.
DAGMAR GERTOT “Os Lacrimale” CD (174th Cycle)
“Os Lacrimale” is the first full length album from Russian experimental musician and performance artist Dagmar Gertot. A somber surreal opus sourced from the composer’s dream state experiences. Instrumental and vocal improvisations are the tools used for turning the dream world of the subconscious to the outer world, deploying ambiguous visual and aural imagery. Partially ceremonial and “Art brutal” in character, it is a free expression of the psyche’s sometime painful secret world. Turning to text as a compositional tool, the author choose a glossolalia with partial inclusion of semantically active roots, thus leaving open the subsequent spread of various meanings in the form of a ritual surreal short novella, that accompanies some tracks and supports the semantic identity of this work. Musical Instruments used are accordion, string-bowed ikili, lyre, gusli, batalo, piano, horns, extra percussion and voice.
ULVESTAD “Fall” CD (164th Cycle)
Known for his collaborative work with Svartsinn as well as his work with Wordclock (Cryo Chamber), cellist and composer Amund Ulvestad presents some of his more obscure ambient and textural works in this debut album. Originally created for the theatre stage, later reworked and deepened, Ulvestad’s musical world stretches from the misty and ethereal to an intensely physical, almost violent presence. Drawing from material such as Hamsun’s mysterious Pan, the old Irish song Aisling Gheal, and from contemporary texts on death and the moments gone to Norse ideas of youth, these musical works reflect a rich textual tradition on life and death.