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LET'S START

Igor Wakhevitch

 

Progressive Electronic

3.79 | 10 ratings

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Sean Trane
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Prog Folk
4 stars This is Igor's last 70's legendary work and, as far as I know, his last musical creation put to disc. Released again on the Pathé label, this album features a vaguely erotic artwork (I'm probably below the belt here), and it is well in the continuity of Nagual, but better and more experimental (read minimalist and dadaist). It's probably Igor's closest he got to Krautrock, and in many ways, TD's Zeit or Atem comes to mind.

Opening on the almost-sidelong title track (23-mins+), we discover a synth and kb-only (with some possible percussions) track where dramatic vocal eructions (and eruptions) and echoed & looped spoken words are providing haunting and dronal soundscapes, where oscillators, sequencers and phasers reign supreme. The short Fruit Garden is an electric piano piece. On the flipside, the 12- mins+ Eriador opens on monophonic synth lines, but gets dubbed soon enough multi-echoed, but overstays its welcome until some organ keys add some contrast and provoke a total change of ambiance for the second half. Monks In The Snow returns to the Zeit/Atem realm, but beware of the screechy and strident arrows piercing your armour, despite the soothing presence of wind noises. The closing Ramallah's Road returns to the piano, but this time acoustic, before jumping electric and electronic.

This last inaptly-titled Let's Start (by the end, maybe?) is one of my fave of Igor's works aftr Faust and tied with Logos, but despite its minimalist ambient nature, it could indeed be a good starting point to his discography. Whatever happened to Igor??

Sean Trane | 4/5 |

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