Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Totem Two by Master Musicians Of Bukakke
Totem Two is one of my favorite albums of 2010. Master Musicians Of Bukakke is an amazing instrumental folk band using ceromonial and ritual influences. The album is complicated, but also a very relaxing, apocalyptic tune.
"Bardo Chonyid/Master Of All Visible Shapes" is a long ambient track with horns and strange noises that sound like they come from some jungle from hell. The flute is fucking brilliant on "Perde Kaldirma". The looped guitar and drum beats playing with the nice flute solo make the track strangely relaxing. I think this gives you a new feel to apocalyptic folk and psychedelic folk also.
"The Heresy Of Origen" makes me think of a folk version of combining Sunn O))) just without the guitars. It's pretty much everything a long epic drone song should be. The church choir fits in perfectly. This track progresses into the symphonic "Coincidential Oppositorum", which also has a foggy and clear doomsday sound.
We reach "Patmos", the final and probably best track on the album. You do get to here some vocals and a little bit of everything from the previous track. Although, I find this one a tad bit more uplifting and less dark and eerie. It's still atmospheric and wraps the album up into one of the best instrumental folk albums ever created.