AS SHELTER: DAWN SYNDROME
CD: Topheth Prophet TP005 
The first review for a Chaos as Shelter release to hit this website…which is a surprise considering how long this Russian artist living in Israel has been around…but better late than never I suppose. With some very compulsive releases on CD / CDR already under his belt…check out "Dead Air Broadcasts" which is highly recommended…"Dawn Syndrome" follows with the tradition of releasing sound sculptures made from varying sources. Dedicated to the end of Kali Yuga and the dawn of Sataya Yuga…kind of negative vs. positive cycles…the nine tracks on this release is more ritual based ambience for which he has gained a sizeable following.
in religious imagery and mysticism, the music encompasses organic and
artificial sources to create a deeply profound journey into the soul.
The sounds of chants used over water bowels being struck in harmony is
just one of the components that sets the scene for this rather unnerving
recording. The use of almost Middle Eastern musique concrete…where
sounds devolve and dissolve…helps brings forth the light from the
darkness. Semi experimental in vein, where modern equipment and traditional
musical instruments clash head to head, helps the music to mutate in various
directions whilst still retaining a sense of balance. Add in the guest
vocal talents of Helena Dorsht and Isaac Goldfield, who add a suitable
layer of emotional discord, and what you end up with is a recording that
reaches deeply into the human psyche.
Gusis doesn’t just create music. He lives and breaths it and this
is amply shown here. Pilgrims willing to follow his path will be suitably
rewarded for their time and effort.
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