Holism Gaea ‎– Blakesian Williamness

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Heart & Crossbone ‎– HCB-042, Topheth Prophet ‎– TP-026
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comes in cardboard sleeve with insert

recorded June-August '11 by HG
all music by HG
poems by William Blake
mastered by David Opp

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bernardrone

bernardrone

March 8, 2016
edited over 3 years ago
Psychedelic, noisy and full of chaotic fuzz yet musical and beautiful, this album stands out as one of my favourite noise releases. Blake's poetry integrates very well and is very well interpretated. This album manages to use harsh industrial textures but it always stays melodic and beauty is never far away.
Introduced by a beautiful instrumental track progressively getting harsher and more psychedelic, it is followed by a dark track using Blake's dark lyrics (an other version of this poem, instrumental this time, is to be found in the 4th track. The third track is full of blissful noise that fits perfectly (yet again) Blakes poetry. The two last tracks are more abstract but till incredible. When the album is over, silence is never as present yet never seems as unattainable.
Absolutely recommended.
nokturn

nokturn

May 14, 2013

The art of William Blake finds its reflections in different creations all over the world for many years. It is really understandable, because the true genius usually lives for centuries influencing generations of people with its power and beauty. Of course, our post-industrial age cannot stand aside with such a rich theme to exploit and contributed lots of material that uses Blake's visions and ideas. Though, the piece of art that I receive today from the duo under the name Holism Gaea is entirely different from what I've ever heard as an interpretation of "The Marriage of Heaven and Hell". Hailing from Israel, the truly exotic area for industrial music, those guys certainly have something special in hand in the form of their first official album 'Blakesian Williamness'.

I am sure, that aerial environment affects ideas of specific artist and Holism Gaea is definitely that case. It is really hard to define a particular genre that the music of this record fits in. The total mix of cultures and influences flows out of my speakers from the very beginning.

An opening track "Antares Fall" is based on a gentle Mediterranean melody creating an exotic basement for the upcoming action. Lots of additional special effects slowly enter the stage, atmospheric disturbances, different scratches and pulsations, waving noisy sounds, all of them fill the air with a thick and colorful soundscape. The long eighteen minutes composition fades away with a total cacophony of those effects, squeezing the conscious to the size of a small point. Different ticks and clicks alongside with some airy pulsations expand the universe back to the level of "But in the Wine Presses", where analog noisy instrumentation swoops up the immortal words of William Blake's poetry through the voice of one of the members of Holism Gaea. What I've heard until now reminded me strongly of Legendary Pink Dots, and this voice strengthens this impression being very similar to Edward Ka-Spel.

"Ah! Sunflower" takes the music even higher with 70's psychedelic rock influences that is driven with different noises and very dirty pulsations in the vein of early Young Gods and Phallus Dei. This composition is a really important part of the whole album, injecting wide colorful textures together with a mechanical resonance that is felt much stronger in the following track "The Human Grapes Sing not nor Dance". A storm of sounds and electronics is blown through this track; randomized wave of energy captures me into the deepest void of desperation and sorrow which is uncovered through the gentle "The Argument". While Blake's poetry is back again adding from its beauty to the extremely creepy atmosphere, the duo continues their manipulations with naked feelings, pressing the buttons of pure emotions. The album ends with "Weeping Meadow", a track on the edge of white noise which I personally didn't like too much because of its long running time and high density, full of radio turbulences and Brownian motion of electronic elements.

When the last tune of the record faded, it left me in a totally dreamy condition. Even when the cd has lots external references and influences, the guys succeed in creating deeply personal and spiritual experience, using techniques of psychedelic rock and post-industrial music. I think it is one of the best releases so far that saw light through the local labels Heart & Crossbone and Topheth Prophet and it is highly recommended to all those into intelligent experimental music