Preview: THE HAXAN CLOAK // The Men Who Parted The Sea To Devour The Water
Boomkat just got this in, looks immense. Order here.
‘The Men Parted The Sea To Devour The Water’ is The Haxan Cloak’s first release since that jaw-dropping eponymous album (an end of year favourite across the board) and means that we’re possibly one step closer to his hugely anticipated album debut for Tri Angle.
The material here finds Bobby Krlic re-interpreting his own work in looser, improvised form, compared with his usual meticulous, mystic working methods (he’s apparently been recording in prisons for his new album), and the results are expectedly engrossing. We’re taking a punt that the A-side is a transformation of ‘Fall’, reusing its submerged chorale as the starting point for an epic 15 minute piece which blooms steady, almost Technoid percussion before morphing torque with latinized electroid swerve to deposit us in a post-Shackleton hinterland of neo-classical strings and subbass. We told you it was unexpected! B-side ‘Hounfour (Temple)’ from his ‘Observatory’ 12″ is subtly reworked, exposing glinting new melodies and reinforcing the cascading conclusion with atom-quaking bass subduction.
Vinyl and CD both come individually numbered, made in an edition of just 700 copies each and housed in a gorgeous die-cut, origami fold and foil-blocked jacket.