I love it how Razen mixes seemingly incompatible genres, with Middle/Central Eastern sounds always having a very prominent role, but here with an accentuated emphasis on drone, psychedelic electronics, atonal, classical and even a slightly Irish folk track ("Rust Constellation 11). 2014 2XLP on (K-RAA-K)³.
Been coming back to their website for years expecting a new release and yes, finally after six years. I mean I've changed jobs since their last album. Ok, they aren't ever going to release something as majestically unsettling as Sunset Mission or Black Earth, but this is as dirge jazz/blues/ambient as it could get after the smoothet Piano Nights. There are some surprise additions too, like more hammond organ, the weird Goblin-like synth on the title track, the horror chillout synths and beats on "Vergessen & Vorbei" and the baritone guitar parts are the closest ever to their original output as Bohren. Since I always work evenings, a new Bohren album will get lots of spins in the car. 2020 cd on PIAS/Ipecac.
Razen is a Belgian group playing a mix of Middle-East/Central-Asian folk music with drone/ambient and experimental electronics. No, they don't have any new age shit, nor are they part of the ethereal ambient scene. Their music is dark and ecstatic, devotional and psychedelic. On this tape they employ heavily tabla, reed instruments and a droning instrument that sounds either like the sarangi or Indian harmonium. Highly recommended. 2014 tape on House Of Alchemy.
A friend of mine who doesn't listen to experimental or noise music (actually he doesn't really listen to music) mentioned The Caretaker the other day, and that he liked the concept behind, saying that he loved the ballroom samples (he's a fan of Soviet music) and that he was attracted by the The Shining references. So, I thought to share the complete EverywhereAt The End of Time opus for him, along with the afterword to it Everywhere, An Empty Bliss (which The Caretaker shared for free on his bandcamp), in admiration of one of the most imaginative and original conceptual ideas in experimental music, both in terms of narrative and development of music content. But you should really go to his bandcamp and pay a mere 5 quid for it. 2016-2019 LPs on History Always Favours The Winners.