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Igor Wakhévitch


Progressive Electronic

3.81 | 29 ratings

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4 stars 'Hathor' (Horus's enclosure - for all you Egyptologists out there), begins off in almost Biblical proportions, like the soundtrack to 'The Ten Commandments' with a massive wall of sound followed by a deafiningly loud and ominous rich baritone voice who sounds like the prophet of doom.

Some highly advanced pro 70's keyboards quickly enter the frame which squirt and drone all over the place, panning from ear to ear creating a cacophonous racket. Incredibly good electronics that sound way in advance of their years.

Famously, Michael Gira of 'Swans' fame proclaimed this and it's accompanying box-set, one of 'the strangest artists I've ever heard'.

Super deep multi choral voices appear on 'Office de la levee du corps' (whatever that means), which sounds like one of the creepier moments in the 'Omen' with some Tangerine Dream 'Alpha Centauri' sound effects thrown in, which really gives me the creeps in its extreme malevolence. It's quite unlike anything else I've heard.

This highly original and downright unsettling album could seriously damage friendship - with either neighbour or spouse. So watch it folks!

Apparently Wakhevitch studied piano under the tutelage of Olivier Messiaen which would explain a lot, because he was a bit mental as well.

It's the little details that add flavour which make this an excellent recording. There's so many twists and turns that are all unexpected, particularly the spoken voice which truly put shivers down my spine and raised my eyebrows in the most unnatural of ways. The only thing that prevents a 5 star here is the fact that it's all over in what seems the blink of an eye in 34 minutes. It feels more like 15! Brilliant!

Dobermensch | 4/5 |


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