Skullflower - Werecat Powers Of The Crossroads At Midnight
Majestic!!! This, Skullflower's 39th album, follows last years magnificent The Black Iron That Has Fell From The Stars, To Dwell Within (Bear It Or Be It) with what could very well be their finest moment since they debuted in 1988. This album is, on several listens, perhaps thee most outright beautiful 'noise' album in my (extensive) collection. Three tremendous, tremulous tracks of exquisite, exhilarating eternity. I cannot recommend it highly enough.
On this album the patented guitar-drone-noise of Matthew Bower is definitely enhanced by the violin of Samantha Davies. There is a quasi-Eastern religious feel to much of the music here and the space between the 'noise' is beautifully realized. It is, I admit, very hard to describe this album in words: such is the immaculate, immersive quality it possesses (especially at high volume).
Matthew Bower and Samantha Davies of Skullflower on Werecat Powers Of The Crossroads At Midnight: "The continuation of the audio trilogy concerning the Darkness of Aegypt: the shadow stuff from whence dark dreams come. The Triad: dark, light and the animating serpent power are delineated by the Egyptian Gods Set, Horus and the Apep serpent. The second parting of the ways, lord of the crossroads, the double horizon, the xroads of day and night, the mauve zone, the death posture. We brought back: a twilight mechanism, and hymns to the charnel ground, ashes, jackals and the bulto hyaena, pacing the departure lounges of abandoned airports."
Buy or suffer eternal damnation...(Lee)