LP £19.99 EDGR#07 / HG1303 LPD
LP + DVD on Hallow Ground / Edition Gris feat David Tibet Attilla Csihar etc.
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“I’d do this one really quickly because it’ll really upset the office atmosphere”, says Phil as soon as I put this record on. Promising stuff then, from Sunn O)))/Mayhem dude Attila Csihar and Current 93 dude David Tibet and a couple of other people - Japan’s Mirai Kawashima and Finland’s Kimmo Helen. On closer inspection this is the work of filmmaker Costin Chioreanu, part of an ambitious multimedia animated movie for which he says all the artists “were chosen for a very specific reason: no one else would do”, which I suppose is quite a good reason.
Anyway, as you might expect it’s a churning, epic mass of chilling vocal growls and spookily blended guitar picking, organ stabs and drones, and delicately scraped violin, conjuring heady spookmospheres which are at times gentle and melodic but always with undertones of serious evil afoot. Listen to it in the middle of the night and you’ll start thinking there are monsters hiding behind your curtains and the walls are closing in and shit, it’s just that kind of record...and with a line-up like this you’d be disappointed if it wasn’t, right?
On side B there’s the ‘Where Purgatory Ends’ exhibition soundtrack with a different cast of characters but (from the snippets I checked out - it’s becoming clear my colleagues aren’t up for a whole LP of this stuff at 11am) brings a similar level of bleakness. This one’s got Rune Erikson on guitar, percussion and piano, Andrei Ionut on bass and Tudor Diaconescu on violin. This is a spooky record, but not as punishing as I had feared.
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