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Forrest Fang — The Blind Messenger
(Cuneiform Rune 98, 1997, CD)
by Mike McLatchey, Published 1997-10-01
Forrest Fang is a musician who's been around for a while releasing albums that vary in focus, yet rarely in quality. His newest shows Fang moving in a much more esoteric direction than before, revealing a depth all too uncommon in the field of electronic music. The music here is rich and complex, there seem to be microtonal scales at times, reminding vaguely of gamelan music, and heavy sonic wedges of thunderous proportions. Fang plays string, winds, and percussion on these tracks (with Kit Watkins and Carl Weingarten guesting on a track each), and the results are diverse amongst the whole, especially over the 25 minute "The Alchemy of Angles." A truly fascinating and mysterious album that reveals itself over several listens, pockets of music that awaken on different levels of consciousness. Excellent throughout.
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