Music Reviews

Artist: Galati (@)
Title: Gletscher
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: Psychonavigation Records (@)
Rated: *****
I had previously reviewed Galati’s last album, “Mother,” for Chain DLK and enjoyed it, so I was interested to see how this compared. The label has not so much a description of the album, but a statement: “In search of silence. Among the great glaciers of Pakistan, Tibet and Greenland. Opalescent, vibrant, white, mottled ice. Ice in the soul, searing. Thundering, unfathomable, eternal, velvety, vital silence. The body ceases to be confined in an immobile identity and becomes stone, water; it becomes animal or light, it becomes space, and it extends to the limits of the spectacle of nature. Consciousness is diluted in the great whole, the process of identification with the world is accelerated. That is the experience of pantheism, as the first men have experienced it.” OK – so this is heavy stuff - let’s put it on and see if it lives up to the image. “Qualerallit” kicks us off with a 14 minute slab of heavy drone. This has a lot going on, it’s reminiscent of Troum in the way that they use slight dissonance in the track while still keeping it pleasant. “Hopar” keeps this going with a lot of motion throughout the track. This is drone, but it is constantly shifting, like sand under your feet at the beach. “Gharesa” is harsh, grinding, dissonant, noisy drone. This has a lot going on – layers within layers. This is not peaceful listening, but it has its own kind of beauty. Very well done. “Siachen I” keeps the same noisy dissonance of “Gharesa,” but adds an electric guitar component that would not seem out of place in a prog rock solo. “Kiattuut” blends seamlessly from Siachen I to the point where it seems almost like the same song, although the guitar has become just one more part of the drone by this point. “Qooqqup” shifts gears somewhat with a shuffling beat holding it all together as the drone continues its relentless effort to fill every part of the spectrum with itself. “Rongbuk” is like being in a wind tunnel as someone plays old school video games. Sirens and wails are buried in the maelstrom. Disc 2 lays down more of the dissonant soundscapes from the first disc until we hit “Shelkar Chorten,” a 19 minute composition that ends the disc on a more peaceful note. This album is, overall, quite pleasant listening. Despite the tinges of harshness that are woven throughout the album, this does not really come off as noisy. If you like your ambiance with a bit of an edge, then this is certainly worth picking up. Disc 1 weighs in at around 57 minutes and disc 2 weighs in at around 42 minutes.

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