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    Finis Africae – “El Secreto De Las 12” – [EM Records]

    1984 release from a group revolving around guitarist
    Juan Alberto Arteche Gual. Recently this was reissued
    by the Em Records label out of Japan, which always
    catches my eye, if not ear. The sounds here are pretty
    new agey, or at least just plain pretty. Hammered dulcimer
    and found sound (brooks, birds and maybe a shaman on A3?)
    both flow through-out. The album starts with a distant
    storm breaking, but then flute blows in like the breeze,
    a soothing series of runs, that rise and fall, slowly at
    times, and other times quick as rain drops back and fort…
    eventually resolving into major key satori. Early Ghost
    psych music from Japan was much more ragged and psychedelic,
    but there’s a kinda kinship between the two. “Pipo Y
    Las Libelulas” drops 80’s synth beams in the pools
    of sound while a cello shivers over the piece like
    a mangrove tree. The album is deep in water sounds
    and metaphors in the track titles. Lots of cascades
    and voices as birds, or mutter-moan-mantra as on the
    last track trickle in. I remain fascinated by Koki
    EMura, the EMperor of EM, and his mission, at least as I
    perceive it, to reclaim New Age’s tarnished reputation
    among oddball audio enthusiasts. -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on December 3, 2015 at 6:31 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,A Library
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