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- RAVE020 / LP on The Death of Rave. Black vinyl, edition of 300 copies. Mastered and cut by Matt Colton
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8/10 Ant Staff review, 21 September 2017
Proper zoned album of subtly effective, hallucinogenic electronics from Teresa Winter. The records title i.e ‘Untitled Death’ and the cover image of shrooms elude to near death experiences achieved through the use of entheogens. Also, perhaps the process of unlocking the divine within and resulting spiritual awakening achieved through these simulated death and rebirth scenarios.
The simplicity of opener ‘Oh’ works magically, building on rudimentary drum machine with sensual chants until glistening electronics slowly build giving the effect of “passing through the veil” as Alex Grey would say. It all comes off kinda sounding like a reduced and stripped back, more psychedelic Zwischenwelt. The deep inhalation sounds like something is being smoked on the title track, then we get a blowback through the speaker and are taken through to the other side along with her, sharing her trip and hearing the music in the distance as though it were an aid to help us pass through - as if we’re then hearing it from somewhere else. Once there, we get the beautifully evocative ‘Pain of Outside’ that relays a sense of relief and safety from the troubles that exist outside. ‘And Earth’ is like looking down on our planet from above, floating in radiant sunlight. ‘Anatomie De Lenfer’ is like little fragments of grouper, frozen in a vacuum and closing track ‘And Second And Earth’ leave us wondering where we are and what just happened with its crashing icy electronics and manic strings.
Having said all that, it’s pretty difficult to articulate what’s happening on this record - like trying to remember a dream -- but dream logic is so far from our normal way of thinking that we can’t do it. It really feels like she’s tapped into her unconscious and is sharing something extremely intimate. In that sense it’s a pretty courageous album.
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