Source: Cyclic Law.
BECKAHESTEN “Tydor” CD/LP (156th Cycle)
Second full length album from one of Sweden’s most singular sonic entity. Featuring guest appearances by Kai Uwe Faust of Heilung, Lars-Magnar and Anders Hovland, the music of Beckahesten emerges from a borderland where ambient, folk music and ritual converge. Recorded in various natural locations in Norway and Sweden, nature spirits have infused themselves in these recordings…Dancing with vague entities in a blackened cinder field, followers of dread that has woken, hypnotised one is drawn deeper into their realm. The trees moulder around and offer little protection. Haunting voices keep echoing in the dusk. Lost and trapped you lay down, shivering in the dew. You are their offering, sinking into the mire.
PETER BJÄRGÖ “The Translucency of Mind’s Decay” CD/LP (187th Cycle)
Written and recorded during 2020, a year marked by forced quarantine with in turn proved to be a prolific time for musical composition. It is an album about change, aging and the fading memories one has, often more of a product of the current state of a person than an accurate description of those remembered moments. With age we tend to forget or lose contact with particular moments and parts of our own story and context become erased forever, as though they never happened. With this album, Peter Bjärgö takes the first steps into something new, bringing along his signature sound from past projects into a slowly evolving transition to a sonic world beyond his previous achievements. Leaning towards a more ethnic, rhythmic sound, integrated with his now trademark melancholic guitar work and deep solemn vocals, these are the first steps to a new horizon he’s ceaselessly crafting for our listening pleasure.
NATURA EST “Real Seasons” CD (162nd Cycle)
British Electronic producer Tony Young (Autoclav1.1) and German Industrial/Noise powerhouse Andreas Davids (Xotox) present their 3rd album after the self-titled, monolithic debut in 2018 (Ant-Zen) followed with the all-engulfing “Second” in 2019 (Mahorka). 2021 continues the story with ‘Real Seasons’. Six tracks of brooding ritualistic Ambient that taps into the “old ways”; a time in which nature and the cycles of the Earth was to be worshipped and revered. The world as we know it is going through an extinction event crisis, the magnitude of which we have never seen before. Flash storms destroy homes and villages across the world, whilst bush fires rage across population centers without mercy for the lives they take in their path. Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter are regularly making an appearance in some corners of the globe, all in one day. Time, truly is running out. The clock is ticking. REAL SEASONS holds an aural mirror up to a thought process and belief system, that regardless of doctrine; tells a story of a simpler time, where harvests and unspoken Gods ultimately promoted balance between all life on the planet. Centuries later, we have now overstepped the mark. Nature is all, all is nature; but who really is the beast?