Twice As Good As We Are - Hector Zazou & Swara - In The House Of Mirrors
Label: Crammed Discs - Craw 47-P • Format: CD Album, Promo • Country: Belgium • Genre: Electronic, Folk, World, & Country • Style: Abstract, Ambient
French composer and musical auteur Hector Zazou passed away shortly after completing In the House of Mirrorshis final album for the venerable Crammed label in Belgium. Zazou made a name for himself with European audiences back in the s by Cinderella Stay Awhile - Michael Jackson - Music And Me of Noir et Blanc his brilliant collaboration with Congolese vocalist Bony Bikaye.
His subsequent efforts were greeted with everything from lukewarm attention in the cultural Philistine wasteland of the United States to rapt celebration in Europe, Africa, and the Far East.
That said, Zazou may've indeed saved the very best for last. They work as a unit and with sonic assistance from trumpeter Nils Petter Molvaerpercussionist Bill Rieflin formerly of Swanscurrently of R.
These musicians present a fresh take on classical Indian and Middle Eastern-Asian classical music, enabled by the most subtle repossessing of the sonic environment without any additional electronic elements layered in or added in any way. In other words, the music is mirrored to these performers Twice As Good As We Are - Hector Zazou & Swara - In The House Of Mirrors as itself, sonically reflected back, one note to the next, without enveloping, or recontextualizing the original sounds in any way.
Think of Robert Fripp 's Frippertronics process without tape recorders, and with less actual repetition and more musical reportage and you get an idea. The actual soundwaves are reflected back as a way of deepening the original sound made on an instrument, pushing it Transubstantiation - Burkhard Beins / Lucio Capece / Martin Küchen / Paul Vogel - Fracture Mechanics into itself, to emerge as something fuller, richer, deeper, and more a matter of sound itself than the particular placement of notes and harmonics.
These ten pieces, which are poetic, spare, and expertly performed, create a seamless work, one that reflects simultaneously the deserts of Northern Africa, the mountainous loneliness of the Indian plain, Twice As Good As We Are - Hector Zazou & Swara - In The House Of Mirrors the history of the folk and classical music that comes from the region without a hint of nostalgia or artifice. This is deeply spiritual ambient music that has as its source of inspiration not only the land, but the human heart and its multiple secretive chambers.
Zazou and his collaborators have given us a record to ponder slowly, deliberately, and purposefully, yet reward us with real fulfillment in the listening experience.
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