Common Eider, King Eider – Égrégore (CD Album – Cold Spring Records)

By Oct 25,2019

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Genre/Influences: Dark-ambient, ritual, experimental.

Background/Info: “Égrégore” resulted from the common efforts between Common Eider, King Eider’s Rob Fisk (aka B.S.s) and Arexis (La Breiche, Stille Volk ao). Common Eider, King Eider remains a prolific project and this album is something particular for its collaborative format and the concept as well. The work has been inspired by the spirits of the Pyrenees present during those Dark Moon rituals.

Content: The album features 4 long duration pieces, which have been constructed with field recordings, electronic manipulations and voices. Humming vocals joined by subtle noises create a truly ritual style. The tracks have been progressively built up creating a transcendental feeling.

+ + + : The collaboration between both artists is a truly successful result. The sound is not only intimate, but there also is something pretty intimate emerging. The tracks crescendo reaching a climax at the final cut “Bone.:.Soil”, which will hold the listener for 15 minutes in its grip. But it’s not the ‘classical’ ritual release. There’s something atypical running through this work where darkness and a kind of intimacy are melting together. I also like the effect of the voices, which is one of the most essential elements from the production.

– – – : I don’t see minus points here, but it for sure is an album that will appeal for a restricted number of people.

Conclusion: This album has something of a stubborn, but genius ritual release!

Best songs: “Bone.:.Soil”, “Sun.:.Fire”, “Blood.:.Water”.

Rate: (8½).

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