Tuesday, June 2, 2020
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Artist: Canaan (@)
Title: A Calling to Weakness
Format: CD
Label: Eibon (@)
Eibon records' Mauro Berchi's own band Canaan get darker and more melancholic with every release and the most gorgeous moments of "A Calling to Weakness" are probably actually the most mournful pages of the book. The record starts out (and ends, for that matter) like a dark mystical world music work with hovering lyrics in what sounds like a middle eastern language (in the opening track) and a east European language (in the closing track), but by track two they go back to the formula consisting of grand drums, effected guitar arpeggios and intertwined harmonies, slow passages and chord progressions, deep minimalist vocals in Italian and English with poetic words of ancient wisdom, string pads and long ceremonial distorted guitars. From time to time they gladly depart from that core of songwriting to engage in various offshoots that are noisy, haunting, rumbling, morbid in nature and that pause the record's pace here and there, bringing the track count to seventeen, among other things. Paradise Lost, My Dying Bride, Lycia, Nephilim, Mission could be thought of, but Canaan has been working on their own personal definition of style and with "A Calling to Weakness" their signature is defined as one with smooth traces, ritualistic shapes, thick lines, harmonious curves and dark, very dark, shades. Of a higher nature as we are used to.

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