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The cut-up and collaged Mandala that adorns the sleeve of Rabit’s ‘Life After Death’ echoes the sonics within - probing at spiritual realms, metaphysics and worlds beyond the reality of here and now. It sounds like it could almost be a journal of entheogen induced psychedelic near-death experiences i.e Ayahuasca or DMT. Rabit’s vision of life after death is not one of nothingness, rather the twelve tracks feel like glimpses of liminal states between life, death and rebirth, or dream states where the spirit exists outside the vessel of the body. As we’ve come to expect from Eric C. Burton, it's vividly realised and highly evocative.
Although there’s certainly some of the DNA of hip-hop in the way he utilizes and collages samples (snatched dialogue, bells, operatic vocal loops etc.) this record is a further departure from his grime and hip-hop rooted work and closer to occult leaning avant-garde electronics/musique concrete/electro-acoustic. There’s a strange Déjà vu quality to some of these tracks - both in the more eerie passages and uplifting twinkling melodic parts. It’s an interesting and absorbing album - most definitely a trip you wanna hear from front to back rather than dipping in. Of course us humans don’t really know what exactly awaits us once we exit this mortal coil and that uncertainty runs through this record - there are moments that feel as though heaven and pure eternal bliss awaits -- I’d say that was the overwhelming feeling I get from this album, but there are obvious doubts and fears in the murkier parts. It’s pretty unclear in terms of where exactly we are at times. Moments are as though we could be in a meditative state inside a temple, at others it feels as though we’re observing this life from an outside realm, then others feel as though we’re loitering in a Bardo state. I guess you just have to let go and see where it leads you...
"Follow the black valley trail of death, into the beautiful sunshine..." - Coil
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