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Eztica by Soriah (with Ashkelon Sain)
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An enrapturing, neo-ancient, mystically ethereal musical experience. Hypnotic tribal rhythms meld organic darkwave textures with Central Asian instruments and overtone singing.
Eztica, brethren follow up to 2009's Atlan, draws a heavy, hungry first breath like that of the first man Quetzalcoatl created from maize. Soriah's virtuoso Tuvan throat-singing, Central Asian stringed instruments and hand percussion is perfectly melded with the neo-ancient airs of Ashkelon Sain's exquisite darkwave guitars, celestial electronics, and hypnotizing poly-rhythms. Eztica has its roots in the ceremonial: ritualism, shamanism, butoh. It is a deeply organic experience, the voice drawing out the primordial spell, touching the earth, reaching for the sky. Captivating percussive sections with driven vocals glide effortlessly across windswept steppes, while otherworldly overtones hang like clouds in a frosted mountain range, all amid deep expanses of slowly shifting, mesmerizing tones. And when the Quetzalcoatl Kundalini of Soriah’s lyrical throat singing fires down the spine, everything goes astral.
The 11 new works featured on Eztica form a neo-tribal, mystically ethereal, paranormally enrapturing musical experience. Blending the textural with the structural, the songs bridge ethnographic and darkwave stylings, traversing an innerspace replete with sonic splendor, emotional resonance, and instrumental alchemy. Connecting the dots between the human and the shaman amidst the powers and forces of nature, Eztica is a fascinating 68-minute oeuvre for the mind and soul. Beautifully odd, elevatingly dark and utterly lovely.
Both artists have long pedigrees: 40 years of live and recorded musical experience between them. Soriah has existed under that name for over a decade with three previous albums and many tours including performances in clubs and all places mystical, including trees, churches, caves. He has also been recognized through international competition as one of the top 5 throat singers in the world. Ashkelon Sain’s Trance To The Sun project is legendary; his composition skills have been honed razor-sharp on his more recent project, Submarine Fleet. The collaboration is a match made in Omeyocan (the highest Aztec Heaven).
David J - of Bauhaus / Love And Rockets - writes: I once had the good fortune to be with Soriah in a sacred place in nature. A true power spot atop a mossy peak in the heart of the Columbia River Gorge. There we sat under a magnificent, pummeling waterfall as he bowed his horse-headed two string Igil, tuning into the vibration, the essence, the cosmic ebb and flow. Shaman that he is, the Tuvan throat singing phenomenon that is Soriah will take you to that holy place whenever you lend an ear to his music. It is instant transcendental transportation and guaranteed to get you there on time. On his new album, Eztica, a collaborative work with the extraordinary Ashkelon Sain, that magickal realm is accessed simply by the push of a button marked ‘play'. Eagles will suddenly soar around the room and wild horses stampede through your inner cortex! Fires will burst into roaring flame and swarms of cicadas, sing. Blood memory! Ancient ancestors dancing in the alcoves of a powerful cellular imprint. All is brought back and made present, humming with vital life as you find yourself caught up in a mesmerizing swell of Aztec incantation and layers of symphonic swells, this ethereal etheric suddenly invaded by explosive percussion and lavish layers of electric guitars. Surrender to the journey, lie back and travel deep.
David J - of Bauhaus / Love And Rockets - writes: I once had the good fortune to be with Soriah in a sacred place in nature. A true power spot atop a mossy peak in the heart of the Columbia River Gorge. There we sat under a magnificent, pummeling waterfall as he bowed his horse-headed two string Igil, tuning into the vibration, the essence, the cosmic ebb and flow. Shaman that he is, the Tuvan throat singing phenomenon that is Soriah will take you to that holy place whenever you lend an ear to his music. It is instant transcendental transportation and guaranteed to get you there on time.
On his new album, Eztica, a collaborative work with the extraordinary Ashkelon Sain, that magickal realm is accessed simply by the push of a button marked ‘play'. Eagles will suddenly soar around the room and wild horses stampede through your inner cortex! Fires will burst into roaring flame and swarms of cicadas, sing. Blood memory! Ancient ancestors dancing in the alcoves of a powerful cellular imprint. All is brought back and made present, humming with vital life as you find yourself caught up in a mesmerizing swell of Aztec incantation and layers of symphonic swells, this ethereal etheric suddenly invaded by explosive percussion and lavish layers of electric guitars. Surrender to the journey, lie back and travel deep.
Soriah: Vocals, Igil, Doshpuluur, Zither, Doumbek and other hand percussion, Aztec Clay Flute and Native American Cedar Flutes, Bells, Stones and Sticks. Ashkelon Sain: Keyboards, Acoustic and Electric Guitars, Electric Bass, Bells, Electronic Drums. Nachyn Choduu: Tuvan Guitar on "Amochantzinco."
Iix sets throaty vocals to a mix of ethnic percussion, chugging darkwave and floaty ambient music. Ticochitlehua features a whispered vocal over eerie atmospheric soundscaping. Eztica combines impassioned chanting and Tuvan throat singing with a powerful drum beat. Nica Anahuatl brings together shamanistic percussion and evocative experimental soundscaping. Ehecatl features the 'overtone' style of Tuvan throat singing, where the voice splits into two, with one of the vocal elements sounding more like a flute than what most would consider the human voice to be capable of. The voice combined with the soothing ambient backdrop makes for a truly magical mix. Chocatiuh is an expressive blend of darkwave-meets-neoclassical guitar and the igil, a Tuvan bowed stringed instrument. Temicteopan combines zither, whispered vocals and ice-cold ambient sound effects. Omeyocan employs surreal, ethereal guitar and mystical-sounding wooden flute for a dreamlike effect. Its hypnotic atmosphere carries the mind off to another world where all is calm and peaceful. Amochantzinco combines chirping insect sounds, foreboding darkwave synth, rhythmic drumming and expressive guitar work as a backdrop for Soriah's impassioned throat singing.
An inventive combination of sounds that makes for a really engaging listening experience. Very much recommended.
The album starts off fairly dark and heavy with ancient verse and vocals hovering over grinding bass and various guitars and a mix of tribal rhythms in the form of "Iix". We get a nice mixture of ancient and modern styles and elements on this disc and this is a perfect example of how this collaboration has expanded slightly to include a little more modern instruments and styles in the mix while still maintaining that ancient air of mysticism. The range of intensity varies from the previously mentioned upbeat piece to dark, haunting ambient sounds. In fact dropping right off from "Iix" into the next piece "Ticochitlehua" is like dropping off of a high mountain peak into a dark and dreary abyss. The haunting music swirls around the listener as the soft, whispered tendril-like vocals move in to the subconscious. After climbing out of this abyss we're presented with a favorite on this album, the title-track "Eztica" starts off slow and dark and slowly builds into a moving, hypnotic piece with the mesmerizing throat-singing in it's unique splendor accented and moved along with a modern beat and modern, haunting music.
Overall the album picks up more of a modern air with the new and unique mixes across each track of guitar, percussion and synths making the music a bit more accessible to a wider audience in the related genres. It moves along fluidly through each piece from ancient to modern and back again, mixing the seemingly opposing styles into something at times dreamy, others moving and upbeat. Traditional tracks like "Ehecatl" and "Temicteopan" lay nestled between modern pieces, some still laid back and ethereal like "Chocatiuh" while others are an excellent mix of modern guitars and soundscapes such as "Ximehua". This new genre of ancient aztec and modern ambient and shoegaze meets psychadelic is intriguing and seems to work fine with an eclectic air. After a couple more of these pieces the album wraps up neatly with "Amochantzinco", again mixing the ancient vocals and chanting with modern guitars and ambient electronics across a moving mix of tribal and modern percussion for an excellent finale to the album.
Overall an excellent work with the music geared more towards what readers and listeners here would expect, while still maintaining the solid foundation in Soriah's ancestors ancient traditional sounds. Excellent progress while not losing any of the solid foundation. Rating: 4/5
Shorter "Chocatiuh" blends rainy sounds with ethereal guitars and bowed stringed instruments of Tuva. Strong Ashkelon Sain's darkwave ingredients on "Ximehua" are masterfully melted with hypnotic tribal rhythms, voice magics and bowed strings to capture purely ecstatic goth/shamanic sonic experience!!! "Temicteopan" is the most exotically fragranced composition with significant fragile string magics and Soriah's whispers, a deeply mysterious one, blending Aztec and Tuvan musical traditions!!! "Xiuhcoatl" is another energizing and rhythm-infused masterpiece with all Soriah's and Ashkelon Sain's trademarking ingredients, it showcases again highly effective interplay of grandiose vocal performance, dramatic percussions and imaginative atmospherics, definitely one of the most highlighting compositions on this ride!!! Deeply evocative instrumental "Omeyocan" blends echoed nostalgic strings with suggestive native flute work. Field recordings introduce "Amochantzinco", where orchestrals are supported by hauntingly beautiful vocals, percussions, guitars, bowed strings and flutes, all uniquely melted in fresh palette of sounds and atmospheres, a truly majestic closer!!!
The flow of this exotic sonic universe moves through many emotions to touch listeners deeply, Eztica is also more accessible due to its stronger darkwave approach when comparing to more mystically and ritually spiced Atlan. To me, Eztica most likely doesn't top Atlan, but it gets very very close to it and it grows on me with each listening session. Fascinating, galvanizing and magical sonics effectively join the cultural roots of Aztec and Central Asia with the present, all that portrayed by stunningly eye-catching artwork, one of its kind sonic and visual adventure!!! -Richard Gürtler