Knigy Voznesenya I is an interesting release from prolific Russian one-man act Senmuth. Consisting only of one 20-minute piece and a shorter 7-minute track, Knigy Voznesenya I stands as one of the man's shortest releases to date. It also is certainly among Senmuth's more experimental outings, containing more dissonance and heavy guitar riffs than on most of his albums. I wouldn't place Knigy Voznesenya I among one of Senmuth's best efforts, but it's certainly a solid EP that I've enjoyed hearing.
The music here is unmistakably Senmuth, but with a harder-tinged experimental industrial tinge. Ambient sections are present, but mostly in "Тексты саркофагов". This 7-minute piece is much more melodic (and, in my opinion, more enjoyable) than its near-20 minute predecessor. "Тексты пирамид" is one of the longer Senmuth tracks out there, and focuses mainly on punishing dissonance and dynamics. Unfortunately, it is far too repetitive for my tastes, and I much prefer the more exciting "Тексты саркофагов".
Knigy Voznesenya I is a very flawed release from Senmuth, but it's still occasionally enjoyable. The over-emphasized repetition and lack of human touch can really make this EP seem drastically longer than its mere 27 minute playing time, and that is ultimately what makes Knigy Voznesenya I a fairly mediocre experience. This EP isn't without its assets, however - the spectacular production, careful arrangements, and the strength of "Тексты саркофагов" are all enough to save Knigy Voznesenya I from being considered a poor effort. 2.5 stars are warranted.
1. Тексты пирамид
2. Тексты саркофагов
Total Time 26:55