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Mamiffer & Circle: Enharmonic Intervals (for Paschen Organ)

What a surprise this is. While this is a collaboration between Mamiffer and Finnish band Circle, it sounds like neither. It was recorded in a stone church located in Circle's home town, and relies heavily on the use of the church Paschen organ. Having said that, don't think this is some sort of religious tract. In reality, it reminds heavily of early Tangerine Dream, if TD used a church organ rather than synthesizers and wanted to create liturgical music instead of acid tracks.

Most of the compositions follow a strategy of layering long drones on the organ under which a huge amount of craziness takes place- vocal screaming, blurts from keyboards or guitars, synthesized percussive noises, etc. No actual words can ever be made out. Working from a minimalist background, these songs move beyond the genre, with almost frantic sounds storms occurring with the drones. One of the stand-out compositions is "Vessel Full of Worms," which is exemplary of the approach used by the musicians. The repetitions being to create a trance, and the trance is then interrupted by the sheer subterranean noise that is working magically under the long organ sounds. It's earthy, and quite moving.

This needs to be heard in full. It moves through a lot of terrain, and closes on the slow drone and song chant of "Kaksonen 2 (Artemesia)," closing out a well-though out blast of improvisational beauty.


Track Listing
1) Kaksonen 1
2) Paryting of Bodies
3) Vaso Luna
4) Tumulus
5) Vessel Full of Worms
6) Kaksonen 2 (Artemesia)

Added: November 15th 2013
Reviewer: Dana Lawrence
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Related Link: SIGE Records
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Language: english

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