Charlemagne Palestine & Janek Schaefer
Day Of The Demons

(Desire Path Recordings)

This latest release from Desire Path proves to be an auspicious one indeed, a collaborative outing between stalwart American minimalist composer Charlemagne Palestine and London-based sound artist Janek Schaefer. Those expecting experiments in turntablism or bombastic, rippling piano machinations will be stymied by the brooding, single-minded nature of “Day of Demons.” The sonics of this recording remind me more of Michael Stearns classic BARAKA soundtrack or Philip Glass’s score for Koyaanisqatsi than anything I’ve heard by either Palestine or Schaefer. This is supremely deep, meditative stuff, with shruti box drones, chanted vocals and decaying bells providing a womblike atmosphere for the listener to get lost in. As redundant as it is at this point to point out the quality of James Plotkin’s mastering, one would be remiss not to, as the production quality and richness of sound is just superb. An immense record with beautiful jacket art by Chris Koelle. - Alex Cobb, Experimedia

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