Recommended by us on 3rd August 2012.
Following his critically acclaimed debut album on Aurora Borealis, the newly Tri-Angle signee, The Haxan Cloak (AKA Bobby Krlic), has quite gracefully buried himself deep into the networks of unsettling electronic music. This Latitudes release is, in essence, Bobby live, but think of it as 'The Haxan Cloak 2.0'. Shamefully, my first encounter of The Haxan Cloak was the news of his imminent Latitudes activity. A fleeting greeting, followed by the usual meanderings on the world wide web. But it was experiencing his aurally aesthetic rumble-scapes live, into my own ears and eyes that made the revelatory impact. I found myself standing dead still, staring only at the retina searing strobe. Instantly immersed into Bobby's subsonic crescendo, revealing a myriad of texturally rich detail, but not ever without leaving the space and breadth of the sound behind. I felt like I was alone: hypnotised and humbled by a tangible thrill of musical exploit. As the music faded, I fell back into normality, speechless, in a haze of wonder at the overwhelming event. Then, days later, I was yet again thrown back into blissful gaiety: The Haxan Cloak Latitudes session wafted through the office, soundtracking our very own 'Koyaanisqatsi'. "This recording is about trying to re-interpret my own work, I think. I never want to give a straight recreation of any of my recorded material when I play live - one reason is because it is too logistically difficult, but the main reason is that I just don't think it suits me as a performer; it makes me feel uncomfortable. I like to treat performance as a composition also - a different beast. So on this Latitudes session, and when I play live generally, I think of it as me remixing my own work essentially. If my recorded music so far exists within one sphere, I'd like to try and move the live element to a completely different sphere - I don't like the notion of being stuck in one place, or pigeon-holed, I guess." - Bobby Krlic “The Haxan Cloak [album] was a set of eight dense, light-starved compositions that, as the project's name suggested, alluded to very British ideas of the occult. Its ragged string drones, groaning low-end and sunken choirs called to mind visions of sodden grey and green moorland, slate barrows and knackered old mining equipment, like a late autumn wander through some of the more isolated regions of the North of England.” - The Quietus
File Under: Electronica / Ambient / Noise For Fans of: Dirty Three, Alvin Lucier, Sadistic Intent, The Locust, Health, Phillip Glass, Harmony Korine, Demdike Stare
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