Music Moment: Barry Adamson + Pan Sonic “The Hymn Of The 7th Illusion”

14 Sep


Well good evening there mutopoids. To be honest i´ve been really fucking lazy today, after work, gym, meeting my Editor (And personal enema Bandit) Haukur about some work that REALLY needs to be done this coming week, when i got home, i just didn´t facny writing 400 words on why Kalli Bjarni was a true unsung hero of Icelandic pop (or something about sigur Rós, whichever one is easiest…)

But i was listening to a lot of good music today. And in particular came across an album collaboration that made the hairs on the back of my neck tingle….

Barry Adamson is that kind of guy who’s in the background but is still involved in a lot of shit. He was with the post punk group Magazine, Synth pop group Visage, then the Birthday Party and was a founder member of the Bad Seeds with Nick Cave. Not a bad thing to have on your CV eh? And that’s not including the soundtrack work he’s done for films such as Natural Born Killers, Lost Highway and The Beach.

As a solo artist he’s done numerous collaborations creating very interesting “soundscapes”. “The Hymn Of The 7th Illusion” from “Motolab 3”, a collaboration he did with Finnish Electronic explorers Pan Sonic, is a really good example. Starts off with a menacing aria that slowly fills the cracks in the cave it was obviously recorded in. And a very creeped out electronic Bass kicks in that is very similar to the one used in the soundtrack to John Carpenters “the thing”.  The effect of this cranks up the ambient chills to unbearable levels, the bass getting stronger each time it kicks in.

This is definitely NOT the music you want to have in your headphones while potholing, exploring that abandoned hospital as the sun goes down, or walking on the moors at night. If you do then you are truly not human….

(note – Icelandic trivia fans. The Cover art is of Icelandic electronic composer Magnús Blöndal Jóhannsson having a brain scan performed while listening to the music on this release. His brainwaves were printed out and are included with the release art.)


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Posted by on September 14, 2010 in Iceland, music, Video


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