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Review: Lunar Abyss Deus Organum - Atanimonni Aitnatsbus (2012)

artist: Lunar Abyss Deus Organum
release: Atan­i­monni Ait­nats­bus
format: 10″
year of release: 2012
label: Sub­stan­tia Innominata
dur­a­tion: 23:41

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The latest offer­ing on Sub­stan­tia Innominata is an EP by Evgeny Savenko’s pro­ject L.A.D.O. On beau­ti­ful blue vinyl and in an attract­ive taiga cover we find almost twenty-five minutes of ambi­ent and eth­nic rituals inspired by the polar regions.

The A-side, ded­ic­ated to the ele­ment of water, is a gentle piece with a steady flow, using a murky ver­sion of Cur­rent 93’s “Good Morn­ing, Great Moloch” as its melodic base. This is com­bined with snatches of strings, flute, chimes, and vari­ous samples. Some louder sounds dis­turb the peace after about 34 of the way, emphas­ising the vari­ety and dynam­ics in this music, which seems at least partly impro­vised in its pro­gres­sion and lay­er­ing. The end is quiet, unrav­el­ing in a locked groove of a gently flow­ing brook.

The flip­side cov­ers the oppos­ing ele­ment: fire. Actual crackles and bubbles from a fire-stoked cauldron are com­bined with sounds from other sources that fit well with this tex­ture. Towards the end, the track is increas­ingly dom­in­ated by voice and syn­thes­izer sounds. The best part is at the end: a sample of a woman’s voice singing a folk­song of which I don’t know the ori­gin, but it sounds asian and/or arc­tic. Here too, the track fades, and we are left with a locked groove, this time the soft crack­ling of a fire.

Though at times the lay­er­ing of the music gets a bit busy or crowded, most of the mater­ial on this track duo is very well-bal­anced, and presents a fas­cin­at­ing mish­mash of folk and elec­tronic influ­ences. The music really breathes the ele­mental and ritual aspects of arc­tic cul­tures, wed­ded to the free vis­ion of indus­trial sound­scapes. This was my per­sonal intro­duc­tion to L.A.D.O.‘s music, but I look for­ward to hear­ing more.

Reviewed by O.S.


A. Atan­i­monni (10:31)

B. Ait­nats­bus (13:10)