Diverse might be a good definition to start us off. Bits of jazz, black riffs, dissonant and jarring processed sounds, the echoing atmospherics of cold and damp chambers, all slammed together into jagged, harsh-edged structures. And with the absence of a vocalist, Spektr open their music up to the wider spectrum of the avant-garde and so indulge themselves by exploring sounds, textures, and emotions and creating much in the way of cacophonous sheets of sound. As such, Spektrís sound remains as it has for their previous works, all their own.
Thereís no one track that stands out but thatís because neither the tracks nor the album have no real structure in the same sense as an album of songs or even a concept album would. This works more like a series of movements, the textured dynamics across the album as well as Spektrís use of samples revealing a multi-layered work that is both machine-like and organic. As intense as it is hypnotic, thereís a distinct sense of dťjŗ vu inherent in the album as some elements are repeated across the album and so, when juxtaposed with different parts, become something very different to what they were, their meaning constantly shifting and the album persistently refusing to be pinned down. Disconcerting, disorienting and dark, deciphering this monstrosity is a disquieting pleasure.
Review by Jason Guest
5th Feb 2013
3) The Singularity
6) Solve et Coagula
9) Le Vitriol du Philosophe
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"Disconcerting, disorienting and dark, deciphering this monstrosity is a disquieting pleasure."