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Heretic — Past in Future
((Not on label) no#, 1996, CD)

by Peter Thelen, Published 1996-08-01

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This strictly limited edition private release by Heretic (a.k.a. Hiro Kawahara) represents the work of the last few years with demo versions of two thirty-five minute tracks in multiple parts, performed using a variety of keyboards, computers, electric guitar, bazouki, modules, and devices. In general the music straddles the line between electronic rock and ambient, hovering somewhere between the random soundscapes of Biota, the aggressive imagery of Richard Pinhas, and the ambient driftiness of Forrest Fang's Migration, but in fact is like none of these. This is completely original. "Yayoi Dream" is the first, offering a series of dreamlike sequences that open doors into subconscious realms, a soundtrack for the slow descent from consciousness into deep sleep. Sequences grow and develop, and then end abruptly as the listener passes through the 'door' to the next level. "Drugging for M" is the second and more intense of the two tracks, featuring several passages of blistering lead guitar over heavily processed waves of pulsating synth and synth-bass, sometimes recalling Fripp & Eno's Evening Star. Though this is already out of print, both of these tunes will be reworked, with live drums and bass, and will reappear on the next regular Heretic release later this year or early next. Certainly one to watch for.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 10, 1996 releases

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