Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Nicholas Szczepanik - The Silhouettes Of A Winter's Sunset
Pretty sure this is the year of the drone. Or maybe it's just me. But I can't remember the last time there were this many mind blowing drone records in a single year (Mountains, Golden Sores, etc). Now we can add Nicholas Szczepanik's debut full length to the list.
The Chiasmus is fucking enormous. Super spacious drone, tons of breathing room, just open your ears and float around. Everything is slow moving and wide open, yet still contained. I get the feeling like I'm drifting through the cathedral sized room in some undiscovered prehistoric cave system. Somewhat dank and ominous but mostly breathtaking and heartwarming.
Most of the song titles are especially apt at describing the music found within, like "Temporary Inundation Of Sleep By Open Windows" and "Lose Yourself..." But "We Define Everything In Desperation" is a real charmer and definitely one of my favorites with it's smooth hidden tones that hover around the blissful ceiling. And "The Silhouettes Of A Winter's Sunset" is absolutely fucking gorgeous. Heavenly colors weaving back and forth through each other, creating a blanket of euphoria.
I can't believe how staggeringly amazing This Chiasmus is. I mean, not that Szczepanik isn't qualified (he clearly is), but I guess this just kinda came out of left field for me. Maybe I shouldn't be too surprised with someone who has great enough taste to put out albums by Ophibre and Medroxy Progesterone Acetate (Szczepanik runs SRA, which seems kind of the norm for noise/drone dudes these days). But I digress. The Chiasmus is top fucking notch and basically deserves a spot in everyone's drone collection, especially with it's beautiful 16 page booklet filled with photos from Avery McCarthy.