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Darkher - The Kingdom Field [EP] (2014) - Review

Band: Darkher
Album title: The Kingdom Field [EP]
Release date: 14 November 2014
Label: Prophecy Productions

Tracklist:
01. Ghost Tears
02. Hung
03. Foregone
04. The Kingdom Field

Enchanting, dark and beautiful must be the first words that come in mind while listening to Darkher first proper release, the EP named The Kingdom Field. And indeed this four songs bring the right sonic waves for this autumnal/winter days just to let it go into the misty, shady, but yet warm and confortable places buried deep there in the imagination. It's nothing strange that one of the most prominent record labels out there, Prophecy Productions, noticed Jayn H. Wissenberg, the British flame-haired vocalist/guitarist/composer aka Darkher and welcomed her into their roster. Jayn's fragile figure does not only show elegance, but behind that is hiden a charismatic British siren, the creator of a powerfully emotive work. Jayn is known from before by being a member of epic dark folk band The Steals, but with her solo outputs she brings forth even more enigmatic sounds.

The Kingdom Field stands above all the recent releases in the field of atmospheric dark folk music, each one of four tracks brings kind of an unique ambiance and feeling that plays with listeners hiden emotions. Jayn's idyllic and fragile, but overall sensual, yet ethereal and somehow psychotic voice gets under the skin already with the first verses on the opener "Ghost Tears" and mesmerizes by its evocative beauty. Slow and creepy strong bass lines and carefully treated hypnotic drum beats make an astounding dark veiled line, but the gloomy moaning cello and rasping guitar in the background replenishes the atmosphere in such an intriguing manner that you're soaked in an instant. You won't even notice when Jayn captivates with hypnotic words, "Come to my / Stormy Waters / I'll lead you by / Stormy Waters", and leads into the soothing acoustic chilling loneliness of "Hung". Underneath its folkish character depicting waste isolated plains, making it simply breathtaking, lies a dark soul with kind of a avantgardish compositional sense. But all this just prepares the listener into the menacing storm explosion in magically building scales of atmosphere in "Foregone". This one leans more towards post-rockish, yet a bit psychedelic waters but not going that far away from the initial direction. Being strong, almost claustrophobic, but still full of contrast and dark power, with it's sinister doomy riff and estranged breathy voice gets you goose bumps. "It's foregone / all foregone / the River's rising", are the last words you'll hear before the last one, album titled instrumental softens the heated up ambiance and sentiments.

Darkher,... The Kingdom Field is a soul-rending musical journey bringing forth in a way kind of esoteric splendor and deep spiritual confidence. The only bad point is that it finishes too soon, but still it leaves almost transcedental haunting aftertaste that lasts long after the final notes end. Can't wait for the full-lenght album, but for now I must be honest with you and tell you that this is an absolutely unique experience and a must for each and every darkened soul out there.

Review written by: T.V.
Rating: 9/10

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Band: Ugasanie
Album title: Eye Of Tunguska
Release date: 22 September 2015
Label: Cryo Chamber

Eye Of Tunguska is certainly Ugasanie’s most refined album to date. The drones, synths and field recordings of nature as well as other unearthly sounds, all flow together perfectly. Eye Of Tunguska is quite complex without ever feeling cluttered or noisy. We are told that Ugasanie was inspired to write this album by “A strange incident (which) took place in the 1990s in late autumn in the taiga. Not far from the epicenter of the Tunguska meteorite impact site. A group of students went hiking to see this legendary site. They lost their way after they decided to spend the night in one of the winter huts built by hunters of the land. Their mutilated bodies were later found near an old abandoned geological base with radiation burns.” Ugasanie paints a vivid picture here of the darkness and pure terror felt by these hikers as they experienced a potential alien or government abduction and their ensuing deaths. Ugasanie always amazes with his use of atmosphere coupled with a compelling plot. Eye Of Tunguska brings more of what we love of Ugasanie in a quite different manner than previous albums. While the sounds may be more subtle, the overarching story appears to better plotted than ever. Eye Of Tunguska is highly recommended for those who love dark ambient with sci-fi and/or polar isolation elements, not to mention a bit of horror-scape.

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