Yeti Rain — Discarnate
(Unicorn Digital UNCR-5037, 2006, CD)
by Peter Thelen, Published 2008-01-01It doesn’t take more than one look at the booklet cover and about 15 seconds of the first piece to know this isn’t like anything else that Unicorn has put out before; nor is it like any of the familiar settings that we’ve seen bassist William Kopecky playing in over the years. This is dark, dark, and dark. And did I mention dark? The seven tracks are improvised ambient explorations into haunting worlds of mysterious sounds. Moody and deliberately sinister, the travels of Kopecky (six string fretless bass) and Roger Ebner (wind synthesizer and wind drum) go through some bleak and frightening terrain on the road to these inner worlds, like the soundtrack for your worst recurring nightmare. You know this place, it’s oddly familiar, and you know something terrible is about to happen, but your scream will bear no sound. Approach each vista in this corridor of blackness with guarded caution, for something monstrous could jump out of some hidden corner when you least expect it. Think of the soundtrack to Eraserhead. The collected sounds that the two players make bear little resemblance to the typical music of the instruments they are playing, yet they are recognizable as such and the output is only mildly processed. I’m certain that the duo can (and probably does) perform this material in a live setting. Beautiful, but not for the faint hearted.
Related artist(s): Yeti Rain
Asia Minor Third Album on the Way – On January 29, AMS records will be releasing the long-awaited third album by classic Turkish-French band Asia Minor. Released last year in Japan, this will be the widespread debut of Points of Libration. The album features original members Setrak Bakirel (vocals, guitar) and Eril Tekeli (flute, guitar). » Read more
Harold Budd RIP – Harold Budd, one of pre-eminent American composers of avant-garde and minimalism, has died of complications from the coronavirus. Budd came to prominence in the 70s, championed by Brian Eno on his Obscure Records label, with music that blended academic minimalism with electric jazz and electronic music. Much of Budd's best known work was done in collaboration with other artists, including Eno, Daniel Lanois, Robin Guthrie, Andy Partridge, John Foxx, Jah Wobble, and many others. » Read more
Audion Is Back in Business – Our esteemed colleague Alan Freeman has restarted Audion Magazine after a seven year hiatus. The new incarnation is available online on their Bandcamp site. Audion's history goes back to 1984, and included 58 issues up to 2013. Issue #59 is available now, and #60 is in the works. » Read more
Romantic Warriors IV – Krautrock (Part 2) Is in the Works – Zeitgeist Media, the people who have brought us the great series of documentary films chronicling the history of progressive rock, are working on the second installment of their examination of German music. Krautrock 2 will focus on artists from Münich such as Guru Guru, Amon Düül II, Xhol Caravan, Kraan, Witthüser & Westrupp, and Popol Vuh. » Read more