Genre/Influences: Dark-Ambient, Experimental.
Format: Digital, 4CD.
Background/Info: This special work by Peter Andersson as Raison D’Être brings us back in time. “Prospectus I” was originally released in 1993 on the defunct Cold Meat Industry and became a historic work by the Swedish master of Dark-Ambient. This new format meant as a celebration is featuring 4 CD’s; there’s a reworked disc of “Prospectus I”, the original, remastered, album, previously unreleased material re-recorded in 2022 (the year wherein Andersson reworked “Prospectus I”) and other additional cuts in their original versions.
Content: Back in time“Prospectus I” revealed a new kind of ‘Industrial/Ambient/Experimental’ work; a creation characterized by obscure, haunting, atmospheres, Gregorian chants and other sounds/noises like church bells, bombastic sound arrangements, drones and crashes plus multiple effects. The original tracks have been empowered by a better sound production but I also got the feeling Peter Andersson injected some new, extra, sonic details like effects to the composition. All extra unreleased cuts are more diversified; still Dark-Ambient like but also into pure Experimentalism and Cinematic music. I noticed a very few unusual cuts which I would not directly link to Raison D’Être but maybe to one of the numerous other projects of the artists.
+ + + : “Prospectus I” remains a terrific production and for most of the Raison D’Être fans ‘the’ album that let us discover a new dimension of ‘dark music’. The original magic of the work is still there and even seriously boosted at the reworked edit. The strong visual appeal of the work remains intact. The work still took me by surprise, revealing a detailed and precise writing featuring an endless number of noises and sonic details which you can fully enjoy by using headphones. It’s also a nice bonus getting an impressive number of previously unreleased material. And here again the artist took me by surprise revealing a few unknown ‘pearls’ driven by oppressive atmospheres carried by great string parts, liturgical chants and heavy drones.
– – – : There are no real minus points to mention.
Conclusion: Raison D’Être has released great stuff and “Prospectus I” definitely remains one of the most significant and accomplished works in the impressive discography of the artist. This box is a great format to celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of this legendary work.
Best songs: “Katharsis”, “Ordeal In Chapel”, “Anathema / Apotheosis”, “Cenotaphium” + “Enshrouding”, “Inquest”.
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