Sky Burial – “There I Saw The Grey Wolf Gaping” – [Small Doses]
Sky Burial is the solo project of Michael Page, but on this 2012 album he is joined by an impressive group of musicians, including Jarboe of Swans, Danny Hyde of Coil, Bridget Wishard of Hawkwind, Troum, and Anni Hogan. Prior to this release, Sky Burial focused on the long-form ambient drone piece to explore themes related to the project’s title. These elements remain, but the guest artists bring new sounds, concepts, and instrumentation – including vocals for the first time – to the project, which Page fuses into a complete vision. “There I Saw the Grey Wolf Gaping” is rich with stunning moments. In “Incantare” (T. 1), Troum’s stirring electronic shadows are illuminated by Jarboe’s vocals. Hyde offers two excellent tracks: “Carne[val]” (T. 3), a ride on a pixelated merry-go-round, and “Fools Circel 9wys” (T. 6) a digeridoo jam. “Silence Moves” (T. 4) is an ambient track that coalesces around a gorgeous, lonely piano line. “Beyond the Veldt” (T. 5) is a shoegaze slow-burner that features Wishard’s vocals and evokes the innocent horror of Ray Bradbury’s prescient short story “The Veldt.” The album concludes with title track (T. 9), a bagpipe dirge amplified to staggering heights.