Exposé Online banner

Zinkl — Temptations of St Anthony
( Cosmopolitan Prudence 398.6707.2, 2004, CD)

by Jon Davis, Published 2006-05-01

Temptations of St Anthony Cover art

My last encounter with Anton Zinkl-Singer was with Dance Music for Insects back in 2002. For this outing, his seventh, the insectoid clicking that characterized that album is gone, replaced by more ethereal tones, as befits the subject matter. Instead of numerous short tracks, this time we get four longer ones with multiple sections. The longest is “The Lucifer Affair” and it is a tour-de-force of inventive arrangement, with passages of uplifting organ, heavy could-be guitars, gentle harpsichord, percolating percussion, quirky mono-synth solos, and eerie effects; in spite of the wide palette, there is a thematic coherence that keeps it all from just sounding schizophrenic. Zinkl certainly has a different take on electronic music than anyone else I’ve heard, and the influence of 70s progressive rock is apparent in the sometimes hyperactive polyphony. This is not EM built upon repeating loops and sequences. Parts of it are almost like long-lost Gentle Giant tracks redone by an eccentric technologist. But then it moves along, for no musical idea hangs around long in this sonic journey. All the timbres, whether created digitally or not, are carefully sculpted to fit the moods, and have an emotive, rather than a mechanical, quality that belies their mostly artificial nature.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 33, 2004 releases

Related artist(s): Anton Zinkl-Singer (Zinkl)

Latest news

2019-06-05
Legendary Co-Founder of The 13th Floor Elevators Passes Away at Age 71 – Sadly, Roky Erickson passed away on May 31, 2019. Known as the father of psychedelic music and co-founder of the ground breaking 13th Floor Elevators, Roky had a profound influence on music from the 60s to today. Plagued by his own personal demons, Roky had a difficult life and is now free of these burdens. » Read more

2019-04-24
Help MoonJune Bring Great Music to Life – Like many music lovers around the world, we’ve been thrilled and amazed to hear the recordings that have been released by MoonJune from sessions at La Casa Murada in Spain. Such label stalwarts as Mark Wingfield, Markus Reuter, Asaf Sirkis, Tony Levin, Dusan Jevtovic, Vasil Hadzimanov, and many more have gathered in various combinations at the studio to produce some of the most creative music in recent years. Now, label head Leonardo Pavkovic is offering a compilation, La Casa Murada - MoonJune Sessions, Volume One, as a fundraiser for upcoming sessions. » Read more

2019-04-10
The Pineapple Thief to Tour North America – November and December of 2019 will see The Pineapple Thief bringing their music to Canada, Mexico, and the US, and famed drummer Gavin Harrison will be on board. The band has been touring extensively in Europe, but North America will be new territory for them. » Read more

2019-03-25
Scott Walker RIP – Noel Scott Engel, better known as Scott Walker, was one of the most intriguing and enigmatic musical figures in the second half of the 20th Century. His strange career started with The Walker Brothers, an American pop group that featured no one named Walker and no brothers. After moving to England in 1965, they had a series of hit singles. Scott's solo work started with Scott in 1967. Starting in the 80s, his work took an increasingly avant-garde turn. » Read more

2019-03-20
Freedom to Spend Unearths June Chikuma's Archives – Jun (June) Chikuma is well known for her video game and anime soundtracks, but she also released an album of experimental electronic music back in 1986 called Divertimento where she indulged the kind of spontaneity that wouldn't work in a soundtrack. RVNG Int'l label Freedom to Spend is bringing this overlooked item to broader attention with a deluxe reissue. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Torn Curtain - Torn Curtain – Torn Curtain is the debut effort by former Mauve Sideshow keyboard wizard Dusty Lee and his new vocalist Sheila. Consisting of the four songs "Daymare," "Creatures," "Twilite," and "Dawn," their self...  (1994) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues