EXSTROPHY OF AMPHIGOURIS
CD: Hermetique H-CD-07 
Thull Ipegooh Dah
Hermetique record label isn’t the most productive label around.
Their infrequent releases though are always worth collecting because they’ve
redefined the meaning of quality control. Every release a guilty pleasure
in sonic inventiveness. The last release from the label, ‘V/A -
A reassuring voice on the television’ [read
review here] typified this aptly. A compilation that ranked as one
of the best releases of this type and featuring, amongst others, Negapadres.3.3.
Hot on the heels of that release, which goes against the grain for the
label, comes their third release… and as the great man Yoda himself
would say ‘surprised will you be’.
within the spectres of black ambient / experimental avant-garde / Industrial
their music comes, initially, across as a bit of a confused mess. The
first track, ‘Thull Ipegooh Dah’, setting the scene
for what is to come. Featuring a low moaning / chanting vocal over placid
electronics / percussion, and some stringed instrument, perhaps a violin
or viola being played???? They follow this with ‘Obstinacle’
which features the use of cello, field recordings / spoken w orded passages
and electronics all played out against a fuzzy background. By track three
‘Seegooyull’ they are going places and using sounds
in a totally original and perplexing way that defies convention. And so
it goes on. Track four ‘Absinthe a la Guinguette de I’Espadon’
even sounding like the evil sister piece to ‘What a day’
by Throbbing Gristle. There’s far more to unearth but I’ll
leave that for you to discover yourself.
on atmosphere and inventiveness, and packaged in the usual high standards
expected from Hermetique, "Exstrophy of Amphigouris" is the
musical equivalent of the ‘Da Vinci Code’. A massive puzzle
requiring patience to get the best from it. Highly engrossing and recommended
and another feather in Hermetique’s already impressive cap.
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