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Sphaèros — Possession
(Pan European Recordings PAN0, 2020, CD)

by Henry Schneider, Published 2020-08-11

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Sphaėros is a unique French artist, performer, and musician who has been the front man for Aqua Nebula Oscillator since 2000. For this solo effort, Sphaėros created seven pieces for seven films without any preconceived notion of the final product. He created these pieces spontaneously like automatic writing, then with successive layers of sound, visions, poetry, and colors, he created Possession. Consequently each vision is different. The gothic “Lucifero” builds from sequencers and tribal drums to a climax resembling The Doors' “The End.” The title track is basically a rhythm piece that evolves into something akin to Acid Mothers Temple. “Sorcière” takes bubbling sounds, frogs, and crickets to augment the eerie buzzy keyboards. “Vibration,” with its cheesy organ, conjures images of 70s vampire movies that swells to a trippy psych jam. “Void” is a demonic track with crystalline sequencers, dark chords, and slowed down male narration. “Oeil” may be the best track on the disc, with its cathedral organ, male and female narration, and hypnotic trippy sound recalling the heady Cosmic Courier days with Timothy Leary. And the album closer, “Ange de Lumière,” combines demonic breathing, processed street noises, French singing, and trippy organ. Lovers of primal, pulsing, ritualistic psychedelic head music are in for a treat with Possession.

Filed under: New releases, 2020 releases

Related artist(s): David "Sphaèros" Hispard

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