:Of the Wand & The Moon
A crushed tone and slight compression on organic guitars and pianos marks the sombre element which cues the onset of whispered poetry, affirmations of self abstraction, and enchanting musings of lyrical strangeness. Violins begin to accompany the breeze, they push forward like a soft wind in the sail and gently glide us onward and deeper into this mysterious oceanic album.
The word is ghostly, and it doesn't take long before we're given a tingle down the spine with some very poignant but indecipherable reverse lyrics. We can't make out what he whispers anyway, without really straining our ears. Maybe this is the idea, a mirror of the hidden voices that sneak in our subconscious wisdom while we're enjoying the big picture.
As the album builds, more instruments and higher levels of waveform are applied to make a more wholesome and fulfilled sound. The build up likes to take its time over several tracks, and to what? Further distorting experiences of a dark and gloomy nature, that's what. Everything seems to get very odd. Luckily the familiar sounding strum of a folk guitar throws us a lifeline. This is atmosphere music, the clouds form and brew over steady frost bitten fields of human comparisons and crags.
Before we can get totally lost, a haunting pipe melody grabs us by the hand and dances with us. It's sad, and the light is dim. Perhaps nearing the end of days, or the end of an era of prosperity, Raven Chant is a beautiful and emotional plea to some energy of divinity. Heard or not, heeded or not, the presence of this song is a gift by itself. The bird of change, it is asking for an alteration in life to allow the new waters to flow in.
A totally different direction to the previous death metal work under the name of Saturnus, Danish composer Kim Larson has crafted a beautiful and tragically moving sound that might not tingle all the senses but it grabs us in the gut and takes us out of ourselves for a moment. Darkness in a beautiful package, or beauty in a package of darkness, what ever the case, it's worth the experience.
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