Parashi / Chapels split
Parashi gives us
three menacing slow-burners of electronic pulse and drone. The whole thing
feels like it will tear apart at any minute. Chapels follows with three
tracks of dusty tape loops and clanky, shambolic instrument mishandling.
c47 edition of 100.
After a prolific year replete
with quality releases,
House of Alchemy
commences 2013 in similar fashion. The most recent batch contains some
stellar material, especially the Transplant Mountains split with Chapels.
Parashi/Chapels split blew the crystals off of my
dome. This split release is a beautiful nug with many faces: minimalist,
multi-layered, menacing, removed, foreboding, disintegrating, pernicious.
Essentially, it is a fine exhibition of drone and various soundscapes. Parashi
and Chapels are making music for another dimension on this split. That's
the type of preternatural vibe transmitted by the ritualistic 'Low High'
from Parashi and the languid minimalism that exists in 'It's All Going''
from Chapels. These artists create vivid and lucid soundscapes, yet each
arrives to the destination via a different conduit.
If one is really being an
active listener, then they will appreciate and celebrate the depth of
ideas and sound that
promulgates. The textures of sound appear infinite in the world of Parashi.
'Blemmyae' lurks with malign intent. The minimalist beginning, which
consists of rumbling currents, whirling metallic tones and stray
transmissions sets the listener on edge. The mood moves in the same
direction as blasts of thick, disintegrating noise and squeals manifest -
viscerally potent. Soon the track begins to churn. Astral transmissions
are beamed from many directions - existing in fields of differing energy.
Ghostly, morbid tones coalesce with random, undulating waves in 'They
Undulate When Struck By Light'. After the initial part, a luminous drone
cuts through the disembodied tones. Quickly, strident noise envelops
everything. For me, I cannot get enough of the final track on side A,
'Low High'. It commences with an unpredictable drone comprised of burnt,
buzzing tones - total immersion in this track. The tones span the
spectrum, buzzing from interval to interval. The meditative, ritualistic
vibe is omnipotent. Meanwhile,
sets the controls for a climate similar to the one explored by Parashi,
yet proceeds to the destination from a different set of roads and paths.
These sounds - the beginning of the first track, 'Blood Cure' - seem
removed, existing in a cloak. When one lift's the veil, a foreboding mix
of noise, loops and eerie drone expands portentously as disembodied vocals
echo. The arsenal of Chapels is rich, and this first track is a fine
example. The second track, 'It's All Going', is bathed in the minimalism
of faint transmissions, percussive tones and soporific vibrations - eerie!
As the final section approaches, Chapels adeptly juxtaposes delicate,
barely audible tones to layers of noise. It's one of my favorite sections
of the track. The flip ends the tape in style with 'Ritual', which is
much lighter than the other two tracks. Loops of airy tones become mired
in tape hiss. Heavy noise almost envelops the mix, yet a delicate loop
exists tenderly among the menacing noise.
entire jar for this trip! I highly recommend ingesting these heavy
vibrations from two of New York's finest. Produced in an edition of 100,
one may purchase a copy of this split directly from
House of Alchemy.
peace and love, friends :) -