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    Eyvind Kang “Virginal Co-ordinates” Ipecac

    Steady beauty abounds on this album…from the twin pools at
    the start blending tambura drone and slow Gavin Bryars-style
    frozen strings and never stalling. Himalayan melodies waft in
    and out of pieces, power drones fill in spaces, chamber ache
    and faint gypsy joy comingle. All however do so in utmost
    subtlety. Mike Patton’s voice treatments are most sublime.
    The Yamantanka-tantra chant that breaks through the pizzicato
    popcorn on “Doorway to the Sun” could have been overheard on
    an astral plane between Terry Riley and Sun Ra. Turn that track
    up to the heavens. A lot of movements use a simple repeating
    note or two from various instruments to add to the overall
    hypnotic halo. Some pieces track, and indeed all were recorded
    live in 2000 at the Angelica Festival in Bologna, Italy. The
    crowd was rendered speechless and immobile, unable to clap or
    cough or do anything to break the spell of this fantastic
    performance. You could call this modern classical, but it
    might just be ancient folk.

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on January 25, 2005 at 1:54 am
  • Filed as A Library,CD,Format
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