Thursday 22 August 2013

Riding The High Wolf

French sonic shaman High Wolf has cast another excellent record with Kairos:Chronos (out through Not Not Fun). It was pretty special getting to see him play here in Brisbane last year - I had already been a fan, and to bathe in the crystalline waters of his discombobulations was a high watermark of the year. And I have always maintained that his aural experiments have worked well on record. Yet this latest excursion raises the bar exponentially - a spiritual tapestry that entwines his pagan sensibilities with insistent drones and incessant repetition that it is impossible to not become enmeshed in the machinations of the work. Because High Wolf works in mysterious yet ultimately holistic ways - his music needs to be an experience, a mood, an atmosphere, a universe; kaleidoscopic, foreign of this or any land, an aurora borealis of the third eye. These synth-laden concentric numbers aren't made to bind us, though - we are not enslaved, but emancipated.

You can buy Kairos: Chronos here.

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