Akira Rabelais


Boomkat Editions

Released: 21st August 2017

Optimo Album Of The Month.
First ever vinyl edition of Akira Rabelais' 2004 masterpiece Spellewauerynsherde.
It comprises a suite of seven medieval choral pieces which have been sublimated and recomposed via Rabelais’ self-built Argeïphontes Lyre software. The results arguably stand as one of the 21st century’s greatest musical enigmas and could be said to presage contemporary obsessions with processed vocals in a deeply uncanny manner, enduring to resonate with up-to-the-moment music as much as the record’s distant roots in the seminal works of 12th century German mystic and composer Hildegard von Bingen, and the writings of John Milton, among others. Spellwauerynsherde has always been crying out for a vinyl issue and Rabelais has done the piece proud with this sensitive new version allowing its seven parts to gently flow in sequence over both sides, with the added shroud of vinyl infidelity lending a beautifully subtle patina of detachment which perhaps only serves to heighten the paradoxical - both temporal, spatial and timbral - nature of the record’s ethereal vestibules and elusive, illusory sonic spectres.

One of the most magickal, perplexing and strangely life-giving records that you’ll ever hear.