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Never Known


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5 stars Recorded sometime between 1993 and 1995, Dawn of an era features Andrea Marutti's earliest recordings in micro tonal, primal drone music. It has been recently re-issued on Afe. Despite that it represents the first step of Never Known's experimentations I consider Dawn of an era among the finest works written by Marutti, whatever the project name he decides to use to record his personal materials. This is an impressive musical translation of melancholia-nothingness representational form of creativity. It begins with the grandiose, trancey-like electronic soundscape called Decay. This is really ritualistic but it also make me think about introduction pieces of classical symphonic poems with this kind of heroic-epic grandeur. Ritual of Life and Ruins are aesthetically complex droning musical paintings including lugubrious moving electronic textures. The self title track is a contrasted, powerfully emotional soundscape admitting a lot of micro-variations, strange noises and synthesised floating waves that progress into a dramatic-plaintive elegy. Doors of Perception is certainly an hommage to Aldous Huxley's famous book about liminal states of mind. This is a creepy-extatic soundscaping anthem with moody phrases & melodies in the distance. Absolutely beautiful and unearthy. This piece seems to be touched by a sort of divine entity. Path, Exercice One and 31 songs are electronic weirdness including a lot of noisy-druggy-like effects that surrond us. Stoned vibes for the brain. Dawn of an Era provide "Tears", "veil of sorrows", "lamentations" and "extreme mind states" in bleak electronic ambiences. Music to heaven and "artificial paradises".
philippe | 5/5 |


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