Wovenhand - Puur
Does this album belong at the top of the Wovenhand catalog? No. Is it an extremely layered and interesting Wovenhand album? Yes. Very much so. Once again, Wovenhand teamed up with Ultima Vez to formulate a new experimental dance production and the corresponding soundtrack for the production. And, once again, a good portion of this album are remixes of past albums; in this case, Consider the Birds and Mosaic. However, unlike Blush Music, a large portion of the music on here is instrumental with dramatic monologues weaved in and out of the whole album. This is almost a symmetrical album:
a. To Make A Ring (sung) - Wovenhand remix
b. Breathing Bull (instrumental) - Wovenhand remix
b. Shun (instrumental) - Wovenhand remix
c. Horse Head (sung) - acoustic version of 16 Horsepower song
d. Lulah Harp (instrumental)
c. Low Estate (sung) - acoustic version of 16 Horsepower song
b. Twig (instrumental) - Wovenhand remix
b. Dirty Blue (instrumental) - Wovenhand remix
b. Lena’s Song (instrumental)
a. Silver Saddle (sung) - remix of 16 Horsepower song
Overall this album feels symmetrical and complete. Like the order was significantly chosen to gain the most emotive and narrative force for the production. Leave it up to David Eugene Edwards and crew to create extremely dark and dreary atmospherics for what seems to be a rather dark story.
Speaking of the story, there is a lot of interpretation that could go into the culmination of the music and monologues that make up this album. The most interesting part is that the story (whatever your interpretation is) has a definite Russian existentialist feel to it. Its like Dostoyevsky came in and wrote the monologues himself. The spotlight of this album is the mixture of the deeply religiously-toned music and the dark and enigmatic words of the actors speaking over it. However, with all of the positive elements of this album, it doesn’t make the listening experience enjoyable and this is an album that weighed on my ears heavily as the week went along.
At the end of the day, Blush Music is still the most comprehensive mixture of intrigue and entertainment of the Wovenhand/Ultima Vez collaborations. But if you are looking for something to scratch your head over, then I would humbly place this at your feet.
Apocalyptic Rating: 9 out of 10 (They want an anti-me, an antidote, an anti-boss)
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