Wednesday, July 3, 2013

REVIEW-SKY BURIAL-PAS THE SARVERING GALLACK SEAS AND FLAMING NEBYUL EYE-CD

SKY BURIAL-PAS THE SARVERING GALLACK SEAS AND FLAMING NEBYUL EYE-CD
Obfuscated Records-OR27
Ambient Soundscapes/Avantgarde Noize/Experimental
Comes in a beautifully illustrated 4 panel digipack with 
Obfuscated Records sticker.
Sky Burial is: M.Page
Features collaborations with:
Nigel Ayers/Craig McFarlane/The Stargazer's Assistant/
John Balisteri/Pentti Dassum/The Vomit Arsonist.


I.) NA FIR GHORM:
Surreal spacey chimes with a very light and uplifting vibe to them.
It almost begins to sound like some sort of very strange circus music.
A wierd scratching noize forms a rythm that helps to carry the track 
along as a warm ambience rises from below the sparkling chimes.
SKY BURIAL makes great use of many not too often heard percussion
instruments as the circus sounds slow to a dreamy ambient haze.Electronic
trance-like drumming appears out of nowhere giving this an edgy vibe.So
far this album is full of surprises and keeps the listener very interested as it
progresses.There are so many rich sounds going on at once.This is truly a
pleasure to immerse yourself in.Droning guitars obscure the mind like a 
strange drug.A crank turns like a jack in the box.Like a blissful childhood
memory on LSD.Carnival synth and walls of crisp ambience and guitar
drones.The drones take over for a time and then bag pipes take the lead.
Highly original and very ivocative.It is hard to pin a genre to this as there
is just so much to immerse yourself in.And that is only track one.

II.) PAS THE SARVERING GALLACK SEAS AND FLAMING NEBYUL EYE:
Gongs and chimes resound amongst a backdrop of low rolling winds.
A building rumble of noize forms a layer beneath the lighter tones.
Rising synth keys and picks scraping against guitar strings.Cymbals
begin to ring as track two builds more momentum.Electronic pulses
shoot fourth with robotic notes giving this a really spacey psychedellic
vibe.The ambience turns into a nightmare in a child's nursery.Xylophones
playfully fill the air and old wooden rocking horses move on their own accord.
This sounds both innocent and eerie.Truly one of the strangest ambient type 
records to come out in some time.At least so far.Like I said it is hard to know
what to expect when M.Page is the man running the show.Much like his earlier
work we have a return to the longer song method.However this time there is much
more depth.Alien clicks and insect signals amidst bubbling wet sounds.This has
suddenly become a bad trip once again.Moaning noize fills the empty spaces in
a whir of weirdness.There is also a pretty long list of guest collaborators on this
album so just who's weirdness we are hearing at any given point is hard to say.
Feedback rings out as this heads more and more into experimental territory.A
dizzying cacophony of out there sound.

III.) VESSEL:
Vessel starts with a humming looming radience.For some reason this makes
me picture floating in endless space admiring the planets.Truly transcending
work here.Pulses of electronic sound and rushing static only amplify that feeling.
Rich synths and building textures.Each track so far seems to be composed of
various movements or segments telling an incredible story of world's beyond
normal perception.Here SKY BURIAL let's us be the vessel's as he takes us 
on a journey through his mind.There are some really neat synths here that sound
like they are right out of a 70's prog or moog album.Or perhaps an old psychadelic
movie soundtrack.Birds chirp along with wavering synth leads making you feel 
like you are between two worlds at once.There are also a lot of shifting noizes that
are hard to convey in words as they come and go very swiftly and don't always 
choose to reappear.Lazer cannons fire into massive black holes deep in space.
PINK FLOYD like lead synths cast shadows upon distant moons.At some points
this reminds me of the work of ZOMBI but with way more depth and a lot more
to experience.It must be the overall oldschool vibe.Cymbals appear with scratching
squeaking noizes.This is in no way harsh but there are a lot of "light" noize elements
to the tracks found here.Dense noize grows and expands swallowing small bits of 
the cosmos as it stretches and reaches beyond.This record sounds like it was created
in the wrong era.Though similar things have been done before countless times this
still holds a ton of originality.A breath of fresh air in the ambient genre.Everything
slows done for quite some time before swirling galactic sounds and a haunting
synth chorus can be heard.This is a very "visual" album as it brings a myriad of
images to mind throughout it's duration.

IV.) THE LONGEST DAY HERALDS THE DARKNESS TO FOLLOW:
The amount of creativity it took to craft this album is staggering.A clock
ticks through an empty dreamworld.Waves of dark synth and anxiety ridden
sound bring a new mood.Something crashes in the distance but we never find
out just what it was.A shifting vortex appears and looms in the heavens.Slow
and calculating.Strands of deep darkness and eerie gong like sounds echoe
across the skyline.A second crash like a door slamming shut.Heaven has closed
it's gates leaving us in forsaken realm of black.A beautiful damnation.Moments
of this track bring to mind bands like PYRAMIDS or NADJA.That radiating
sound that never seems to have genesis or completion.Only a presence.Throbbing
electronics begin adding a 90's industrial vibe to what was once a slow monolithic
track.This sounds truly beautiful on so many levels.This particular segment is minimalistic.
Simple but very effective.A grandfather clock rings through empty space as the electronic
rythm comes to a halt.Again the entire mood shifts into one that is much colder and unfeeling.
Haunting voices on strings are carried out overhead like mournful spirits.Dreadful and hopeless.
The day is over and darkness follows.All previous sounds circle the drain and are washed away.
Rattlesnakes shake their tales in warning and wind instruments sing a haunting warning.A medicine
man shakes his rattles as well in a frantic rythm full of urgency.An old ritual to cast out the spirits
of the coming night.Like being a witness to seldom seen native rituals in a lost desert.Exotic,frightening
and beautiful.The song ends in a beautiful backmasked ambience with fragile piano's played slightly
out of tune as the hands of time click on forever.

V.) FULIGIN CLOAK:
A turbine or some powerful engine revs up to lightspeed sending us into another 
supersonic journey.A dark vampyric pipe organ builds up to a climax as bats
scurry neath a full pale moon.Cloaked in mystery and nightshade with no way
of telling what lay ahead.Winds scream through transylvanian trees on a night
that the stars are perfectly aligned for ancient rites and invocations.This begins
as the darkest track on the album and then fades into deep beauty.Organs drone
on as an unknown figure rustles in his chambers.Restless and soothing all at once.
We are then transported into a realm of celestial ambience that radiates with the
light of a summer sky full of stars.Various instruments of percussion chime, rattle
and ring.Thick strands of ambience stretch far and wide swallowing the stars from
the sky.The intricate composition of the five tracks presented on this album is beyond
breathtaking.It is hard to make too many comparisons to other artists as this is a widely
varied and absolutely unique collection of work.Light drumming begins to pick up as
delicate synths do the same.It feels like being lifted to the bask in the warm rays of the
sun.Just as we ascend to that bright star all fades into silence concluding this amazing
experience.

WORDS CAN NOT DO THIS ALBUM JUSTICE.
GET IT AND SEE (HEAR RATHER) FOR YOURSELF:
10/10
-ABATTOIR-

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