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HATHOR

Igor Wakhevitch

 

Progressive Electronic

3.81 | 22 ratings

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philippe
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5 stars Formed in classical music and ancient member of the french "group of musical research" (GRM), Igor Wakhevitch explored various musical genres but with a constant fascination for opera, visual art and choregraphies. His way of using analog synth and electronic modules enable him to make a name among the great figures of the 70's kosmische-psychedelic gallery. "Hathor" is what I would like to call a "space opera", built around moody/damaged/ massive spaced out synthesizers and eerie, operatic, majestic atmospheres. The album concept is about the "creation", "death" and "resurrection"...consequently a few compositions are punctuated by narratives in french, speaking about old latin religion. The opening track is a gorgeously dark, creepy electronic hymn with deep synth strings, classical choirs and narratives. without transition it directly carries on circular electronic motifs & various combinations of sounds, always terrific and haunting. A lugubrious, powerful organic church like drone sequence progressively appears. A fantastic drone based composition, delivering an atmosphere of pure madness. "Rituel de guerre des esprits de la terre" is a tribal electronic, fantaisist piece with drums and bizarre noises. "Cris pour les sabbats infernaux" is full of incantations, crying, claustrophobic, plaintive voices. "Office de la levée des corps" is a funereal, religious chant, including narratives in latin. "Amenthi" carries on the same cavernous droney chant but features electronic oscillations. Totally unique and attached to the musical personality of Igor Wakhevitch. A marvellous, enigmatic and ritualistic voyage. A masterpiece highly recommended for fans of Art Zoyd, Pierre Henry, Philippe Besombes...
philippe | 5/5 |

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