Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Secret Chiefs 3 "Book of Souls: Folio A"

Country: USA
Sub GenreAvant Prog
LabelMimicry Records
Release dateOctober 29, 2013 (retail - November 26, 2013)
1. Balance of the 19
2. Nova IHVH
3. Potestas Clavium
4. Post-Identity Hour (AMS World Newscorp)
5. Personae: Halloween
6. Utopian Weekly Update (HVHI Public Access)
7. Scorched Earth Saturnalia
8. Full Spectrum Anamnesis
9. Drive
10. Barzakh ID Markers (AIO Radio Narcissus)
11. La Chanson de Jacky
12. Toy Soldier's Frontline Report (Faust Journal, DodecSMA Corp)
13. Tistrya


Listeners have come to expect a lot from Secret Chiefs 3, and for “Book of Souls”, second in the band’s mega-trilogy (first being “Book of Horizons”, 2004), they expect nothing less than a vertigo-inducing follow up. True to expectation, "Book of Souls: Folio A" is a full-length album densely-packed with musical skyscrapers. Over a decade in the making along with "Folio B", "Book of Souls" is Secret Chiefs 3’s most elaborate work yet. Following the 7-band schemata laid out in Book of Horizons, both Folios of "Book of Souls" thoroughly establish the depth of SC3’s journey into otherwise lost musical possibilities.“Book of Souls: Folio A” is evidence that Secret Chiefs 3 continues to operate in blissful ignorance of current musical fashions, remaining enchanted only by what can be unlocked in modern mediums by applying a specific recipe of ancient and a-linear processes.
The album represents the kind of titanic, almost Faustian undertaking that one would expect, something uniquely appropriate to Secret Chiefs 3. But for all that pomp it’s easy to forget that everything having to do with a SC3 recording is DIY to the core. “Book of Souls: Folio A” is a fully organic production. Everything is honed with love in one of the last-standing hermetically-sealed laboratories. Some may snort at the notion that there even could exist such a cauldron of limitless fascination extending so rigorously beyond the time/space boundaries of modern occidental groupthink; a place in-between, suspended, where the simplest motifs have the freedom either to radiate upward into geometric complexities that are beyond description, or to refine downward to a state of simple musical essence. But it's the usual thing at the SC3 lab.

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