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CD $12.00

04/19/2005 678033302523 

WoM 025CD 


MP3 $9.90

04/19/2005 678033302523 

 


* Miasma & The Carousel of Headless Horses are a British instrumental quintet whose dark, antiquated-sounding music encompasses elements of Eastern European folk, avant-rock, broken-down calliope music, and neo-classical film composition. In keeping with Mimicry tradition, their music can only be compared to many artists at once: in this case Angelo Badalamenti, Astor Piazzolla, Goblin, Art Bears, Burzum, Tom Waits, Antioch Arrow, King Crimson, Bach and Univers Zero. More a trip to an anachronistic world of neo-baroque psychedelia than a simple study in diced-up eclecticism, the music on Perils sways between lush chamber-oriented melancholia, apocalyptic bombast, and epic ghost train high-drama. With their harmoniums, autoharps, violins, violas, pianos, organs and glockenspiels added to a top of the line rhythm section, Miasma & the Carousel of Headless Horses very deliberately adhere to a Faustian melodrama of the angelic. Their dark, harrowing visions of some dense hellish musico-psychological dystopia shapeshift frequently and become a very capable and Elizabethan sounding prog-baroque meteorite at the drop of a hat. This instrumental music would find a happy home in a Jan Svankmajer or Fritz Lang film, and will find a prominent place on the shelf of any connoisseur of occultist highbrow, right next to his/her John Dee volumes. The group consists of Daniel O‚ÄôSullivan and Dave Smith from the trio Guapo (a recent offspring from the hereditary line of Magma and The Ruins (Cuneiform/Ipecac); Orlando Harrison from the pop band Alabama 3 and Amal Gamal Ensemble (members of Coil, Cyclobe, and Shockheaded Peters); David Ledden from bleak country act Knuckles; and Sara Hubrich, who travels around Europe collaborating with the likes of Julian Klein, Tadashi Endo and Fran Barbe.

Tracklist

  1. #1 Blackening: Crows Templar

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  2. #2 The Mage

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  3. #3 Peacock the Heretic

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  4. #4 Perilous Fathoms

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  5. #5 Rabbit's Foot

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  6. #6 Whitening: Foxes Templar

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  7. #7 Gypsy Funeral: Hark! From The Tombs Of Doleful Sound

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  8. #8 The Pale Staircase

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  9. #9 Iridescence: Peacock's Tail

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  10. #10 Asmodius Arise

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  11. #11 Reddening: Blood of the Pelican

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  12. #12 The Optician

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  13. #13 Ouroboros: Phoenix Rising

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