Label: Utech Records
Catalogue No: URCD019/URSK5
Duration: 49 min
Released: September 13, 2008
Inventory Status: Out of stock since Nov 29, 2010!
Klangmutationen on this CD – Yin Pin, Ah Tham, Yandsen & Siew Wai,
all members of EMACM (Experimental Musicians and Artists Co-operative Malaysia).
Audio mastered by James Plotkin (Old Lady Drivers / Khanate)
Utech Records Media Release:
Klangmutationen are arcanum manifest. Atrocious relics summoned from great depths. Old secrets bound in reverent mouths for fear that their utterance will spoil the object itself. Hailing from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the underground musicians reference early recordings on FMP, Caspar Brötzmann Massaker, Solmania and the Takayanagi/Abe axis of Japanese free music. The black reverb and bleak ambience of the first audible intonations presage the ire that is to come. A dark, baleful recording, Schwarzhagel is the sound of a spirit falling past its own life after death, forever.
“Sonically based around dueling saxophones and underpinned by dark, heavily reverbed guitar ambience, Schwarzhagel is an extremely dark, tense listening experience… an interesting take on what is usually just considered free jazz. Even with the sonic parallels to the FMP label and other such camps, Klangmutationen retains a darker, more sinister quality that was never quite as apparent in other similar works.” – Brainwashed