Esoteria : 1982 - 2004

by ATTRITION

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released July 30, 2007

A collection of ambient and classical works originally released on Russian label Brudenia in 2000 this is the second expanded and remastered edition from Two Gods with many exclusive mixes!

REGEN magazine. USA . USA 2007

A lovely collection of classical and ambient pieces from one of darkwave's most talented artists.

Ranging from moody industrial soundscapes to modern classical arrangements, this collection of instrumental work showcases Attrition founder Martin Bowes as the master composer he is.
Fans of the classically-inspired material explored on albums like Étude have reason to rejoice, as Esoteria features several previous Attrition tracks arranged for strings. "Cold Genius" is simply gorgeous, and a new interpretation of darkwave club track "At the Fiftieth Gate," though barely recognizable, is no less majestic than the original.
There's much more going on here than chamber music though. "Nine Tails, to Follow You Round" creates a lingering dread with slow, dissonant pianos and echoing footsteps, while the hints of rowdy children's voices emerging from layered drones and synths give "Marianne's Dream" the dreamlike quality embodied in its title.
On several tracks, Bowes appropriates familiar melodies for his own nefarious ends; "Silent Night" processes wisps of a familiar Christmas carol and lets them drift over rumbling drones and mechanical clunks, while a muffled synth rendition of Beethoven's "Ode to Joy" on the dark ambience of "Dream Nine (Recurring)" places the piece in a decidedly less joyful context.
Finishing things off is the epic-length "The Big Lie." In many ways, this is the most conventional Attrition track on the CD, and it would provide a perfect backdrop for Bowes' signature raspy whisper, but by leaving it as an instrumental he draws attention to sonic details that might otherwise go unnoticed: the subtle, tribal-inspired rhythms, the deep foghorn bleats of the pipe organ, and the juxtaposition of both organic and synthesized choir effects.
When an artist puts out a collection like this one, it's usually just the devoted fans that have any need or want for it, but Esoteria has a lot more going for it than a couple of previously unreleased tracks.
Anyone with an interest in neo-classical and dark ambient music, Attrition fan or not, will find plenty to savor here.

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