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kirliancamera blacksummerchoirs
Artist: Kirlian Camera
Title: Black Summer Choirs
Genre: Electronic
Release Date: 17th May 2013
Label: Out Of Line Music

Album Review

It almost seems that every time the topic KIRLIAN CAMERA is on the table for whatever reason, people feel inclined to bring up again the political connotations associated with the name and its past when the rather should be focusing on the task at hand, which in this case involves a review of the group's latest full-length 'Black Summer Choirs'. Rather than starting it with a bang it is a solemn opening track called 'Silencing The World' the listener's getting treated to. The down-tempo beats monotonously push the song forward while up in the sky a gloomy symphony is being conducted, a swan song for a world that has nothing left to say, just because there's no one left. Following 'Black August' kicks up the tempo a tiny little bit but other than that remains in the same evocative state as its predecessor if it weren't for the majestic disruptions of the surface placed along the way. Now to something that raises assumptions there's a concept to this album, yet to be discovered by those who listen attentively. It is a message, in a way the final message of a condemned planet where a group of unknown individuals has decided to do a final cleansing.

The interviews are split in four parts across the record and time will tell in what way they do connect with the rest of the songs contained here. 'Heavens' for once brings a genuine club feel to the album to lift the oppressing veil for just a little while before 'The Fountain Of Clouds' takes you to ethereal realms supported only by processed piano, and occasionally strings and synths. The 'Farewell Road' actually leads way back into the past of KIRLIAN CAMERA, specifically the folk induced era from a few decades back. The acoustic guitar is the primary element of the song with now and then a little support of synth choirs it evokes a very dense atmosphere 'Words' is very similar in its timbre with the minor difference of a fully-fledged drum set adding additional structure and rhythm. The duet vocals on here then are the icing on the cake. 'Stranger In The Abandoned Station' closes the album just as it has begun: The full force of classical music brings to life the scenery of a destroyed world. Only ruins left of what once were the most advanced species on the planet who in the end wiped out itself...


01. Silencing The World - 4:25
02. Black August - 4:18
03. Final Interview 1 - 0:54
04. Heavens - 4:39
05. The Fountain Of Clouds - 3:41
06. Final Interview 2 - 0:32
07. Materia Oscura - 4:52
08. Final Interview 3 - 1:16
09. Farewell Road - 3:29
10. My Kids Kill - 5:29
11. Words - 3:54
12. Final Interview 4 - 1:17
13. Barren Cornfields - 4:46
14. Stranger In The Abandoned Station - 4:05


Elena Alice Fossi
Angelo Bergamini

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Music: 9
Sound: 9
Extras: -
Total: 9 / 10

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