Pentral by Jacaszek

This is a re-issue of a 2009 album where Michal Jacaszek attempted to describe a church by way of sound. The church in question wasn't one particular church but three in Gdansk where he spend time making noises and checking out how the reverb changed the sounds. In effect he used the church as a huge studio, capturing the atmospheres and unique echoes. 

Vinyl LP £17.49 GRAM2002

180g vinyl LP on Gusstaff Records.

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Pentral by Jacaszek
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8/10 Brian 14 May 2009
Jacaszek has a new CD/DVD set out on Gusstaff called 'Pentral' which is a follow up to the much revered 'Treny'. Here you get 10 tracks of neo classical and ambient moods. The opener bristles with chimes and these intermittently imposing stabs of rolling church organ - the most fearful you're likely to hear this week. The haunting atmospherics and ambient tendrils on later tracks combine with drifting choral breezes and ominous splinters of found sound to create a stately yet sinister body of work. There's similar atmospherics to be enjoyed as on the Spire project stuff, this music does have a quietly solemn church-y vibe. I do thoroughly enjoy this dark, spectral sound, spilling with forbidden auras and hushed menace. I think lovers of the darker side of Machinefabriek and the quieter moments released on the legendary Touch label will lap this brooding slab of minimalism right up.



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