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Eyvind Kang

"Athlantis" CD

Ipecac Recordings

Genre: classical, experimental

June 2008

Dark, bizarre, and whimsical are three words to describe Athlantis, the latest recording from Eyvind Kang and his first for Greg Werckman and Mike Patton's Ipecac label. In fact, former Bunglite Patton contributes his vocals to this record, although the true vocal stars here are the members of the Coro da Camera di Bologna. Guitar, trumpet, trombone, and a tuba round out the rest of Athlantis' sound, which is more or less classical, but not in a typical or particularly describable sense. The compositions assembled here are often very dramatic, with the chorus invoking a sense of urgency on tracks like lovely "Andegavenses" and powerful "Iupitter." Other pieces attempt different angles; "Rabianara" is sparse but builds tension rapidly and repetitiously, while "Repetitio" is pretty yet uneasy. Meanwhile, the powerful articulation on "Aquilas" seems to harken the apocalypse, and melodic "Lamentatio" makes fine use of vocals and the sitar. Overall, this is a stunning, dark record that evokes a powerful mood. I'm not much of a classical music critic, but listening to Athlantis was a thoroughly enjoyable experience for me - if you're looking for something new (and who isn't?), this might just be for you.


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 12 tracks, 41:47, distributed by the label, released 2007]