British musician and producer Bobby Krlic takes a step forward with his second full length album as The Haxen Cloak. Released in 2013 and using more electronic gear than the self titled album, this album is an amazing work of sound sculpture. Dark and brooding with some seriously well placed bass drops and field recordings I find myself inspired to take my time and more care in my own work.
The producer in me wants to meet Krlic just so I can pick his brain. I’m in awe of the opening of “Excavation (Part 2)”. Sonically it sounds like a collection of dot matrix printers were ran thru a harmonizer or pitch shifter then some heavy deal and reverb only to be tossed around the stereo field like so much flotsam. Chaos from order.
The use of bass really stands out on the track “Mara” as it slowly builds up under the whirring noise element that sounds like a bull roar. Suddenly colliding together into a lumbering monstrous war zone replete with sirens in the back ground. Simply stunning.
The final 13 minute track “The Drop” is beautiful in it’s synth chimes and analog bass synth tones until, near the mid point, they devolve into a near harmonica and string mix flows over a low growl. Percussion slowly building into a militant driving menacing force. Mind blown.
Album available for purchase from Amazon.