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Studio Album, released in 2007

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Continent Under Sun (6:41)
2. Way on Tortuga (4:31)
3. Kuvalaya-dala (4:49)
4. Bark of Sun (5:15)
5. Phnom Bakheng (4:51)
6. Djenne Mosque (4:59)
7. Waiting the Sun (3:43)
8. Whisper of Memnons (7:07)
9. Earth, My Mother (4:07)
10. Mantra Lost Sun (7:24)

Total Time 53:27

Line-up / Musicians

- Senmuth / guitars, programming, tarka

Releases information

Self-released CDr and Digital

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Review by Conor Fynes
4 stars 'Bark Of Ra' - Senmuth (7/10)

In my journey through the vast expanse of albums that Senmuth has to offer, I have always made it my mission to search amidst the legions of mediocre releases, to hopefully find a handful of albums that stand out as being really great. While my experience with Senmuth thus far has been quite mixed, there have been a very gems among the rocks, and it just so happens that I've come across another great album in 'Bark Of Ra.'

The most popular of Senmuth's works by Last FM standards, 'Bark Of Ra' takes the sound typically associated with his more ambient and listless music, and an unprecedented level of direction and flow to it that makes for an engaging and satisfying experience. A purely instrumental album, the listener is left to their own devices to make their own story through the music here, and things do flow here in a much more intentional fashion than they usually do in a Senmuth work.

There is a great diversity in the emotions and timbres that are exercised in 'Bark Of Ra,' but what makes this stand out as an above-average Senmuth release is that alot of the compositions are alot tighter and well-thought out. This is certainly no structural masterpiece by any means; many of the songs do fall back into a state of being unengaging a little more than would be desirable. However, what's being shown here is Senmuth really consolidating his talents with writing, and being a little bit more careful and intentional in terms of where the music ends up going.

At times relaxing, exotic, frightening, and occasionally a mixture of all three, Senmuth's 'Bark Of Ra' is a clear statement that this Russian experimental project is making big steps in improving itself.

Review by octopus-4
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR RIO/Avant/Zeuhl,Neo & Post/Math Teams
4 stars It's not a nice thing to say, but when Senmuth doesn't sing or at least limits the use of his voice distortion kit the result is often very good. While on the previous album "Internal Images" aka Eternal Images (a matter of translation from Russian) the music was highly evocative and quite close to the new age, here we have some metal, too, mixed with ethnic flavours, from India and far East this time.

On this album there's more attention to melodies than usual, so the listener can be captured since the first track and there are more possibilities to remember a song after just the first listen.

There's also more room for tha guitar than as usual in Senmuth, and being him a guitarist first, it's surely a good thing.

What is very good in this albus is the equilibrium between ambient/ethnic and industrial metal that he has been able to find and is almost always missing from his previous works.

I mean that who is keen "Cognitive Discord" or "Probhuzdaya Sluchaynost" may be bored by "Rajas" or "Internal Images" and vice-versa. This album is good enough from both the points of view.

Another difference is that the music here is less dark than usual in the sounds and in the chords used.

When reviewing Senmuth I'm used to go track by track, but in this case I want to let the listener discover what's inside. It can be a pleasant surprise.

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