Obsequies – Carcass Review

Less than three years after their first Organn EP, Belgian producer Obsequies debuts on Breakwave’s recently launched label Meine Nacht with Carcass. Six tracks (plus two remixes by bod [包家巷] and ssaliva), step forward in the aim to sonically translate pictures of human condition, which Obsequies has said is their first source of inspiration.

The awesome sound design makes this album the perfect soundtrack for a foolishly expanded reality. The insanely harsh cut-up of HD noises is made more brutal, by difference, because they are surrounded by soft, bright and floating textures. There are extremely real images such as the throwing up in the second track “Chrysalyde”, published as a single and premiered on Soul Feeder.

The poem engraved on the vinyl, “eddying voices/ climbed inside/ the vacuous carcass”, suggests a major abstraction about arranging the realest elements, a violent dichotomy of lightness and death, like a deadly world bombed by the info-sphere, though still populated by people with their shining emotions and sombre self destructive tendencies.

The title of the opening track, “Vacuitè”, points out an instant parallel with another great release from this month, Nicolas Jaar‘s Cenizas. The existential concept of living in a burning world and the birth of beauty in the ashes which Jaar raised to a religious level, is here expressed in an instinctual but hugely empathetic way, coming back to a sensitive and strictly human point of view. The result is no less elegant and sophisticated, as two gems “Epilepsie” and “Inferno” testify. The first, a mellow piano is immersed in a breathtaking climax of floating noises, where metamorphosis takes form, exploding and emerging again as a new hybrid. Similarly, on the fourth track, Inferno, a synthetic harp comes in waves until it becomes pure noise, making way for a psychedelic guitar that flows through a dreamlike landscape.

The following “Crisis” is the most sacred moment of the EP, a gothic composition that quickly escalates into a whirlwind of drums and noises dominated by a holy chorus, a ruthless and cathartic episode that leads to the atonement of Entierro, a dark and long closure that is more of a truce than an ultimate peace.

In such a hopeless time in human history, releases like this one are so necessary and important, because they help us to reflect on what brought us here as a species, while also bringing the germs of what could be in the future, the essential metamorphosis which may give birth to a better world.


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