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If Norman Records’ sales were anything to go by, Godspeed You Black Emperor would be Top of the Pops. Esmerine are one of the Godspeed people plus a lady from A Silver Mount Zion (even more pretentious). The first track is full of the beautiful cello playing that swam through their previous record 'La Lechuza' but this album was partly recorded in Istanbul which maybe accounts for the ethic drones of ‘Lost River Blues’ which in parts 1 and 2 provide very different atmospheres.
It's all thumping percussion, trance-like rhythms and snaking woodwind giving a very eastern flavour. ‘Hayale Dalmak’ is comprised of undulating organ drones whilst finally the beautiful cellos return on ‘Translators Clos’ this time joined by hand percussion. This is the side of Esmerine that I really like, beautifully played instrumental pieces, but again the instrumentation is to the fore, the cellos are later distorted wierdly making them less effective than at the beginning of the track. It's powerful stuff though these pieces are perhaps not to my tastes however worthy and well constructed they may be.
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