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- Osmose by Ariel Kalma
9/10 Mike Staff review, 14 October 2013
Are you ready to get cosmic? Black Sweat are reissuing Ariel Kalma’s 1978 new age classic ‘Osmose’ on LP so I hope you’re prepared to sit motionless for 40 minutes with your jaw dangling loosely onto your chest, a trail of drool pooling on your shoulder. I hadn’t any idea who Ariel Kalma was before I came into work today but this LP is getting the unanimous seal of approval from everyone present at Norman Towers this morning.
The concept of this album is pretty simple, taking field recordings of the rainforest in Borneo as a starting point, Kalma builds up layers of droning and looping synthesizers alongside occasional burbling saxophone and flute to mirror the natural rainforest buzzes and chirrups, with a kind of Popol Vuh-ish feel to proceedings in many places but with more disorienting layers of drone and hum so in places it’s hard to tell where the field recordings end and the musical arrangements begin. Space-age closer ‘Gongmo’ mixes digital beeps with wibbly synths and increasingly oppressive layers of grinding ambience. An intense conclusion to a mind-expanding cosmic rainforest of sound.
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