Fir§t Law ‎– A Future So Bright

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Loki Foundation ‎– LOKI 58 SE, Loki Foundation ‎– LOKI 58, Loki Foundation ‎– LOKI 58 b
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A Future So Bright
1-1 The Mother Of All Storms 9:46
1-2 Low Spirits Meme 9:58
1-3 To The Heart 6:24
1-4 Doubt 8:29
1-5 Time Distortions 9:33
1-6 Sewers 8:01
1-7 Whole 5:39
Confederacy Of Dunces (10:54)
1-8.1 Numskulls Rule The World
1-8.2 My Happy Place
1-8.3 Infested By Vermin
1-8.4 So Many Lampposts, So Little Time
1-9 Fortune Frowns On You 6:58
Condemned To Repeat
2-1 Part I (Venus)
 9:15
2-2 Part II (Persuasion) 7:29
2-3 Part III (Darkness) 9:04
2-4 Part IV (Club) 6:11
2-5 Part V (Confide) 9:26

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Comes as two seperate jewel cases in a box. Disc two is a factory-pressed CDr labelled "LOKI 58 b" whereas disc one is simply "LOKI 58".

Limited to 135 copies.

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enfantterrible

enfantterrible

September 16, 2014
edited over 4 years ago

Andreas Wahmann is a music genious and if music talks about the quality of his comprehension perhaps it tells a lot on his holistic perception from this universe. But one must precise that his geniality is not shiny or apologetic on the state of things or the order from the cosmos. This work in particular is very pessimistic in its aural journey, just as the title anticipates, and it is not a wonder, we live in sad and tremendously nihilistic times and as a true artist he is, he is telling no lies about it, he is exposing that utterly brutal truth.

I interviewed Andreas Wahmann while i worked for a magazine some years ago. It was a very interesting experience. I discovered a very sharp mind with remarkable mordacity and a set of profound concerns on the nature of things. A silvester pantheist perhaps, utterly materialistic and drastically pragmatic in his vision. He covered a lot of topics and ideas, sometimes I had the impression that he was a sort of demigod, regarding the amplitude of his thoughts.
I am commenting this solely because this is a fact that is present in his music. Each work is an exponential aural destiny, not for the faint of heart and certainly not for the ones who search paradises wether celestial or demonic (so abundant in the realm of ambient in general). First law is always mindblowing with no net protection. "A future so bright" sums both conditions, for once his dark irony is so present, a very German symptom as we spoke about it, and on the other the deepness within his vision as an artist, a thing that is not so common these days. Once again we are dealing with music that tells about something that is way beyond us, not in a metaphysical sense, but in a very practical, logical one. The destiny of civilization in a way, the destiny of human race. In a sentence: "We are doomed" and there is absolutely nothing we can do to deter or change this condition. We choose our path long ago, we took a series of turns and straight roads that had no other finality but the one we are heading in, decidedly, firmly, most of us, completely blindly, some consciously but resting sure they will not see the effects of their profitable transgressions.

"A future so bright" gets more sinister by the fact that the variegation of his traditional sound present in most previous works is not here, the sound this time is more bleak without losing its characteristic opacity and density, guitar plays a more distinguishable set here, it is noticeable as a melodic part of the numerous intersections projected into the drones made with it also. The music is more abrasive and distortion takes a more prominent role as well, noise converges as result from this alliance creating this atmosphere that is opressive and melancholic in a modern requiem like mode.

While the first disk turns around dark ambient and drone and depicts a very bleak scenary of human misery and deception the second one (available only in the box edition) is more close to other works, but if one is curious may notice they are sort of remixes from certain famous songs, among some "Venus" refers to "Venus in furs" by Velvet Underground, but quite frankly this is a superb remix that completely reconstruct such a classic song into a darkened and pristine version of harmonic dark ambience, so deep and at the same time so utterly dark and disturbing.

Wahmann goes ahead in time, in space and in mind, nevermind he will never bring you escapisms, more likely the visions of abyss and demise, the bleak truth behind entrophy. A great work.
nokturn

nokturn

May 14, 2013

There are few moments here and there in my life, when I come across something that outstands from the regular experience of the everyday life. It can be some occasion, and it can be something that I hear or see. I am sure that each of us has that moment from time to time, when he can say "Hey, this is something very special, something to remember and try to experience again and again". I could wish that those moments can be more frequent, but their rarity makes them much more precious for sure.

Today I hold in my hands a new creation from the dominating legion of releases that come out of Loki Foundation label - a nicely packaged special addition of a new double cd from the well-known German based formation called First Law. It had been quite a long time that I've heard from them last time, but there are some albums that have to be cooked on a low fire to receive their special flavor. Their last one was released four years ago under the code name Terrorforming, and I thought that this record was already close enough to be an important milestone for the experimental music scene. I don't know exactly where Andreas Wahnmann gets his inspiration from, but what I hear on 'A Future So Bright' is simply breaks all the boundaries and produces the material that without any doubt will be inspiring by itself for many bands to come in the future.

It is simply impossible to define the exact genre that the album falls into, but I am convinced that there is no need in that. It is far beyond any specific definition, mixing the elements from industrial, dark ambient, tribal and even post rock genres, Andreas creates one solid piece of diverse music. The opening track "The Mother of All Storms" drags the listener into the very depth of psychedelic dreams, sawn with fibers of airy electronics, ritualistic drumming, guitar passages and mysterious background voice; - all the instrumentation works together in a perfect harmony. The same mysticism is transferred into the "Low Spirits Meme", full of complex layers of the same instruments powdered with industrial special effects. I begin to lose myself slowly between the images, granting the music a full control of my body and soul that throws me into the depth of "To The Heart" composition. Guitars are a very significant part of Andreas' craftsmanship and according to his official page they appear on every track, being veiled beneath electronic manipulations.

A totally massive track "Doubt" hits hard with its gloomy ritualistic feeling, erasing borders between spiritual and material worlds. Complex insanity continues with "Regulate" composition, drawing pictures of mechanical generation controlled by one super-brain, a massive hymn to human degradation led by ruthless machines. In "Sewers" Andreas invites me to dive into the very depth of underground world, where hateful cults grow from a fertile soil of strange species imagination. The atmosphere transforms to be more space oriented with the next track "Whole", carrying me away to the journey between the stars, and the same feeling is projected also through "Confederacy of Dunces" and to the last composition "Fortune Frowns on You".

With 'A Fortune So Bright' Andreas succeeds in capturing my imagination with a breathtaking masterpiece. The personal emotions sometimes are very abstract and don't fit into the format of this review, but I strongly suggest to everybody that seeks for an intelligent and sophisticated musical experience to grab this script wrapped in a piece of plastic with a beautifully designed booklet and to give it a huge hug. I am sure that what we witness here is a birth of a true state of art.

I feel myself lucky because my journey was not finished with the end of 'A Future So Bright'. The special and strictly limited edition comes with a second cd that contains five tracks that can extend the pleasure for additional forty minutes! Those compositions are different from what is presented on a master release and could exist as a separate release; and this fact makes the candy much sweeter.

The soul rests on less dark and dreamier tunes that balance on the edge of psychedelic rock, shoegaze, soft ambience and deep atmosphere. I can hear a lot of references inside the music, that don't steal the show though, but make it even more colorful, like Phallus Dei, Young Gods old material and production that comes out of the gates of Beta-Lactam Ring Records and sometimes even Pink Floyd. The vocal sessions are simply perfect, touched by a gentle electronic distortion. Every sound has its own place and meaning inside the whole picture creating a great complex of musical soundscape.

Meanwhile, I cannot stop playing this set for a week already and I keep discovering the different facets of this gem with each and every run. The year 2012 was worth living to receive this masterpiece during December. I hope that all of you were able to grab the copy of this release before it becomes a classics and rarity.