33 - 12
CD: Fin de Siècle Media FDS10 
For The Fourth Stage
Entering The Fourth Stage
I was 22 years old I had the misfortune to wake up next to a fat lass.
In fact fat is being very complimentary. Perhaps hippo is nearer the truth.
A one night stand gone badly wrong. I wanted to creep out of her house
and never see her again but a little voice kept nagging me to give her
a second chance. Looks aren’t everything I kept saying to myself.
She’s possibly got an intellectual side that will stimulate mundane
conversation. Or her personality is so outgoing that she’ll make
Likewise I’ve tried to find something in "33-12" that
makes it raise above all the other samey sounding minimal dark ambient
pieces currently released but couldn’t. I desperately wanted something,
in fact anything, to stand out and make me catch my breath and nod sagely
that here was a CD that was a bit special. Desperate is as desperate does.
I wanted to feel the energy…the vibe even…that the artist
was trying to convey through his approach using chants, bells and gongs.
Sadly I never quite understood or grasped his methods. As the electronic
music faded in and out, forcing me to up the volume to hear the sounds
more clearly, I still wasn’t as involved in the two pieces that
made up the recording as I should have been. There were undercurrents
of an oppressive nature prevalent throughout but not enough to sustain
my desire for all things ominous.
Perhaps I’m being far too picky for my own good and maybe someone
else less jaded than I would welcome this recording. If you think I’m
being harsh then so be it. I have far more substantial recordings in my
collection of this ilk that are more worthy of your consideration. As
they say…you pays your money etc.
/ [Fin de Siècle