An exciting new work of minimalist wonder from Kali Malone, with additional contributions from Ellen Arkbro. The Sacrificial Code stretches across nearly two hours, and it's all about the organs. These majestic instruments are played with an austere drone purity, and are recorded in such a way as to give them a very particular texture. Out on iDEAL Recordings.
CD £16.99 iDEAL192
Deluxe, oversized 8-panel triple CD Digifile on iDEAL Recordings - includes bonus material. Mastered by Rashad Becker, art and photography by A.M. Rehm. Additional organ by Ellen Arkbro.
Vinyl Double LP £25.99 iDEAL192
Deluxe gatefold 2LP on iDEAL Recordings. Mastered by Rashad Becker, art and photography by A.M. Rehm. Additional organ by Ellen Arkbro.
'The Sacrificial Code' by Kali Malone is hard to write about. It lacks a frame of reference, a coordinate system, markers, hangers, or pegs. To frame it within a genre, even one so accomodating as 'experimental', is to somehow lessen it. I almost stopped writing about the album because I wasn't sure I could do it justice, I'm now sure that I haven't, but here it is anyway. Go buy the record or something idk.
So, 'The Sacrifical Code' is made up of ten longform pieces played on several organs. Any "acoustic impurities" were "eliminated". The scientific language is suggestive of how clinical this record can sound. However, although clean and dry, it is by no means clinical. There isn't really 'melody' in the traditional sense, but the harmonic intervals and intractions lend it an almost devotional, ecstatic feel. It can be completely transcendent, and not in a mean abstract reaction sense, but literally "beyond or above the range of normal or physical human experience". The "experience" part of that definition is important when describing 'The Sacrificial Code' because you can really feel it. 'Rose Wreath Crown (for CW)' opens with a bass sound so deep that, although you can't really hear it, you can most definitely feel it. There are short dissonant sections in the final piece, 'Glory Cannon III', that reverberate in your very skull. Great billows of sound pass through like waves while sonic structures form before melting away like floes.
It's always a great album that ties you up in knots when trying to relay the experience of hearing/feeling it; 'The Sacrificial Code' is one such album.
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