Exposé print issues (1993-2011)
Alwanzatar — Kosmisk Skrekk
(Apollon Records ARP069, 2022, CD / LP / DL)
by Henry Schneider, Published 2023-04-08
Tusmørke’s synthesist Krizla AKA Alwanzatar's latest album of dark squishy electronics and drum machines, Kosmisk Skrekk, is his take on extraterrestrial music. The creepy and disturbing cover art does set the stage for the album of four instrumental tracks: “Rompirator,” “Marspass,” “Møteplass,” and “Sovekapsel,” all roughly ten minutes in duration. This is Alwanzatar’s bleak and mysterious take on Space Music. But don’t be misled, this sounds nothing at all like early Tangerine Dream, early Klaus Schulze, or even Hawkwind. Alwanzatar continues his exploration of low rumbling synthetic textures, Nik Turner-esque flute riffing, squelchy electronics, pulsating electronic percussion, and the occasional folk-like melodies. All four tracks are very similar, as well as being similar to his previous albums. He does not provide enough ideas or experimentation for my tastes, and I imagine that this new album would appeal to a limited audience. Either he is stagnating, or has reached the limits of his musical niche. If you’ve enjoyed Alwanzatar’s four previous albums, I am sure that you will like Kosmisk Skrekk. But if you are seeking something new, look elsewhere.
Related artist(s): Alwanzatar (Kristoffer Momrak)
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