Saturday, 30 April 2011

The Haxan Cloak

Have just spent a pleasant while listening to the latest 12" by The Haxan Cloak. "Observatory", released by London based Aurora Borealis Records. (Catalogue ABX053). In true 12" tradition this piece of vinyl plays at 45rpm....nice. The sleeve carries a picture of Joseph Beuys - full marks at Hartop Towers for that!
2 instrumental tracks, side A ("Observatory") reminds me of construct of sound not too far from the works of Bruce Gilbert. A modern Dome. A building of loops and patterns that have a sense of urgency...a really great sound to get lost in. Side B ("Hounfour (Temple)") I remain uncertain about. The track carries an air of "new-ageism", this track could have been released on a 12" format by some Scandinavians in the early 1990's....I'm thinking Biosphere and that ilk. Pretty much nothing floating on vinyl...muzak for the Chillax Room....a shame, as "Observatory" is one of the best tracks I've heard all year - would love to hear it live.
Aurora Borealis are about to release a full CD and the B-Side hasn't put me off buying it.
The 12" is limited to 100 copies so get one quick at

1: 12" Sleeve.
2: Bobby Krlic. (The Haxan Cloak).

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