Zbigniew Karkowski ‎– Uexkull

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Uexkull 61:29

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
K4 Zbigniew Karkowski Uexkull(CD) Anckarström K4 Sweden 1991 Sell This Version
AT1023, tng1023 Zbigniew Karkowski Uexkull(File, FLAC, Album, RE) AudioTONG, AudioTONG AT1023, tng1023 2007
tng1023, AT1023 Zbigniew Karkowski Uexkull(File, MP3, Album, RE, 320) AudioTONG, AudioTONG tng1023, AT1023 Poland 2007

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May 28, 2012
referencing Uexkull, CD, K4
Once again this consists of one single track, this one clocking up 61'31”. It’s minimalist territory again, a drone not too dissimilar to one you might find from didgeridoo 'phases round and around, joined occasionally by another phasing drone which creeps up to join it neck & neck. Other, distorted sounds join in the central moaning sound, but are mixed far enough back not to intrude too much. Nearly 20 minutes into it, the drone is lost to a cerebral-scratching wall of sound akin to a locust swarm, with a warm throb underneath the chittering, grating noise. This grows and grows into a huge mass of tortured electronic sound, swirling in phases around itself. This then fades away to a single sustaining bass note which gradually changes to slowly phasing sound. Taking over from this comes another piece which is static and unmoving , yet full of rapid movement, Iike some insect nest or hive, sounding more Iike an enraged flock of carrion birds. This changes, moving in and out of similar walls of sound, each metamorphosis a similar structure in sonic electronic noise. The album closes with yet another long, almost didgeridoo-like bass 'line’.
This is an album which might fit well into the DIRECTION sound, if it were a touch less harsh, But would it sound as good...

The ‘freebie’ in the ‘wallet’ of this one is a black and white poster of a (presumably) naked woman over whom looms a God, Deity or statue from the ancient world wielding an enormous penis with obvious intent.

Originally reviewed for Soft Watch.