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- Feng Shen by Black Zone Myth Chant
8/10 Ant Staff review, 22 November 2017
Maxime Primault (aka High Wolf, Annapurna Illusion, Enfer Boreal, Kunlun etc.) returns to Philippe Hallais’ (aka Low Jack) Editions Gravats label as Black Zone Myth Chant for another trip into his psychedelic world. This particular psychotropic project of his is perhaps best defined by the frequent down pitched vocals which feel like some form of communication from higher forces - like whoa! Is that the voice of God? Having heard this record about four times now, I've come to the conclusion it's pretty great, as was the previous album 'Mane Thecel Phares'.
Like any truly worthy psychedelic music, there’s a deeper spiritual exploration than may initially appear on the surface. In the creation of ‘Feng Shen’, Primault was inspired by the struggle of the Sioux people’s fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline and Max Horkheimer’s philosophy on the relationship between the human species and nature. Across eight intoxicating melters, we’re transported into a kaleidoscopic hallucinatory realm, vividly painted with bubbling electronics and morphing liquid drones - it's a place where celestial new age ambient and kosmische meets fragments loaned from techno, dancehall, dub and beyond. The trippy acid dub of ‘Spiritual Decay Dub’ in particular hits the sweet spot, as does the smudged tribal call to arms ‘War Paint’. The Wonderfully melodic and soulful ‘Radio Romantica’ is a real gem, while the frantic techno beats of ‘Ideas In Action’ provides the records most energetic peak. Closing track ‘Feng Jing’ is evocative of a group of indigenous people performing a ceremony around a fire, while the sky is illuminated by the glow of fireflies and insects and flowing streams sing and trickle in the distance. It’s a wonderfully tranquil place, about to be destroyed by humanity's greed.
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