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Ltd 3LP box set on Antifrost. Edition of 280 copies.
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- Spiríti by Mohammad
Super limited triple LP box set of a Mohammad album that originally came out in 2011. Needless to say it comprises yet another utterly compelling set of deeply solemn, resonating chamber music unlike anything else you’ve ever heard. The tracks featuring cello, contrabass and oscillator are interspersed here with more abstract ambient tracks with Eleh like drones combining subtly with field recordings.
The chamber music pieces are relatively restrained compared with more recent releases, allowing a more melodic, slightly gentler side of the group to emerge. While the austere sound palette and dirgelike quality remains constant throughout, the restraint of the playing brings the richness of the timbral dynamics to the fore, with the group moving from a barely-there whisper to dense monolithic slabs of sound. The combined effect of the ambient drone tracks adds to the desolateness of the album as a whole; with the mechanical rumble of the oscillators making me feel like I’m in the engine room of some deep-sea vessel lost in the fog. I have to admit that, because I find the chamber pieces so engrossing and so poignant, I find myself enduring the drone tracks, eager to get to back to the bowed instruments; but even that kind of anticipation adds to the asceticism of the trio’s allure.
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