GIESMES: RUPUS MILTAI
CD: Autarkeia ACD011 
Ltd x 299
Giesmes has as a project been going since 1995. The work of Laurynas Jukonis
from Lithuania…a country currently throwing up some weird and wonderful
acts…this sees the third full cd release under this moniker (excluding
earlier MC’s) but the first to get reviewed on AP.
‘Rupas Miltai’ is a limited edition, 299 copies,
in a half sized square dvd case. Featuring just 5 tracks, little is more,
the music spans beat driven post Industrial noise and scorching black
ambience with tribal / ritual touches. For touches read rhythms. The first
track ‘Rupppu’ sets things in motion with extravagant
hardcore looped electronic beats and crashing percussion over stylish
atmospherics that crackle and roar. Track two ‘Rup’
continues on from ‘Rupppu’ but gradually slows everything
down to a claustrophobic crawl from the ensuing chaotic chaos that proceeded
it. Third track ‘Rupus Milttt’ is heavy on atmosphere.
A slow burning drone that traverses the nether regions accompanied with
assorted dynamic thrusting effects. Track four ‘Rupus’
rolls along on aggressive electronics and twinkling piano before hitting
the buttons marked ‘bleeping reactionary noises’. Track five
sees the end of this sonic adventure. Here the music trembles and is subdued…shimmering
like moonlight reflecting on a pond. Faint voices can be heard over the
disappearing ambience. What has to be remembered is that all these tracks
are interlocked and ‘Rupas Miltai’ is really one
long, under 37 minutes, piece of, quite frankly, sublime music. The title
of the recording has connections to an ancient relic and Lithuanian euphemism
and means ‘a higher element of communication’. What that actually
means I have no idea but the music did speak to me. It said ‘to
know me is to love me’. Words that even I can understand and go
Well I’ve had my eyes opened…or should that be ears. When
you get a release like "Rupas Miltai" to review it makes up
for all the sub par crap a reviewer sometimes has to endure. When it’s
from an act hitherto unknown it makes the discovery that little bit more
special. Coupled with this euphoria is a tinge of regret in not having,
nor being able to, revisit past Girnu Giesmes releases. All sold out.
Isn’t that always the way.
numerical score of 10 / 10...if we did such crap things on AP…and
another gem of a release from the far flung wilds of Lithuania.
Giesmes] / [Autarkeia]