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3.00 | 4 ratings | 3 reviews | 33% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2008

Songs / Tracks Listing

4. ISA

Total Time 63:00

Line-up / Musicians

- Senmuth / Guitars, Programming, Sitar, E-bow

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self released

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Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(33%)
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Review by Conor Fynes
2 stars 'Weird' - Senmuth (4/10)

From a man with such a large number of albums as Valery Av of Senmuth has produced, one might assume that there isn't thought put into each one. While many of the albums are indeed mere collections of songs and studio experiments, there are a handful that can be considered 'concept albums' of sorts. His more conceptual pieces like the ethno-ambient rock piece 'Weird' might pass a listener unnoticed in the meaning behind them, but with a little digging and explanation from Senmuth himself, the man's intention behind his music can be shown to be more than simply tribute after tribute to long lost cultures. Unfortunately, despite it's interesting premise, the music on 'Weird' is rarely engaging, and almost immediately disappoints.

When speaking of concepts, each song here represents and is named after a particular rune, and the alternating track lengths of six minutes and nine minutes (no track is beyond and below either of those two lengths), which despite adding little to the practical enjoyment of the album, are both interesting details that Senmuth has thoughtfully added here. When speaking of the album in particular and it's deeper meaning, Senmuth described it as a journey through hard times, with the prospect of reward at the end. For someone that has been used to Senmuth simply writing about ancient mythology and ethnic cultures, this is a very welcome and intriguing change of pace for the project. Unfortunately, for the most part, the praise ends there for 'Weird'.

There is a bit more of a rock feel here than on most of the ethno-inspired albums of Senmuth's career, which can be heard through the heavier rhythms and percussion. Ironically enough however, there is very little actual electric guitar throughout, only really used for the sake of doing pseudo-melodic leads here and there to give some degree of human feeling to the music. The compositions make up the majority of the issue here, being generally very meandering, loose, yet without any passionate improvisation to give some spice to the music. While I would not necessarily consider any of the songs here to be any real standout in Senmuth's career, the nine minute closer 'Ehwaz' does manage to grab my attention a little more than the others, through it's one or two memorable musical themes.

'Weird' may show an interesting new direction for Senmuth in terms of his inspiration and meaning, but the sad truth is that the music ultimately doesn't do the promising concept justice.

Review by octopus-4
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR RIO/Avant/Zeuhl,Neo & Post/Math Teams
3 stars One thing that I like when I review Senmuth's albums is that he often gives me the opportunity to dig into his esotheric world. "Weird" derives from the Gaelic "Wyrd" that represents the druidic knowledge of the nature's elemental spirits but means also "doom" or "fate".

And because of this druidic origin, each track has a rune as title. One of them "URUZ" is recycled from "Internal Images" a precedent album but two minutes have been cut out respect to the first version.

DAGAZ literally means "Day" but it can be intended as "Transformation". The base of electronic drumming never changes, but the sounds above it change slightly with continuity. A short guitar solo at minute 4 is promising but it stops immediately. An ambient track less dark than usual.

RAIDO is the rune of the traveller. It means journey and can mean friendship. For Senmuth is an ambient track with a sort of mandolin or balalaika behind.

NAUTHIZ is the shadow, the dark side, troubles in general. I think the music reflects these concepts quite well. As for Internal Images, listening to this album knowing the meaning of the tracks adds it a value that otherwise is not perceived.

ISA is where the word ICE is from. It means cold, stagnation, freeze. This is a very nice track that I would define progressive electronic. A repetitive sequence of bells and percussions with some distorted accents. Against the rune's meaning it changes but slowly then returns to where it started like the change was just an illusion. This is a great track.

BERKAN represents the Goddess of fertility and motherly love.If I'm not wrong the name BJORK derives from this rune. Just another ambient track which features some good guitar parts.

URUZ, already mentioned, means Health and Strength. The initial chord with its harmonics are like before the start of a travel. A second part, where percussions are added reminds to the travel itself. A warrior running into a wood. The two situations come and go alternately.

KANO is a torch. the fire which represents life. A dark ambient track good for meditation, maybe.

PERTH is intended as secret, mystery, hidden knowledge. The music on this track has dark tones and heavy bass keyboard. I think it transmits the concept fairy well. I like Senmuth's guitar here.

EHWAZ means Horse (latin EQUUS). So it's referred to transportation and speed. One of the most ambient tracks.

Not at the level of the very good Internal (or Eternal, depending on the transliteration from Russian) Images, I think it's good enough for the third star.

Latest members reviews

5 stars "Weird" is the only Senmuth record to date that has known a semi-professional release that is physically available all around the world. I don't know why this album was chosen out of almost one hundred releases but I'm happy with this choice. In my humble opinion, "Weird" is amongst Senmuth's u ... (read more)

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