Bunai Carus – Neend

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Artist: Bunai Carus
Title: Neend
keywords: electronic, idm, abstract, ambient, chillout, cinematic, electronica, experimental, neoclassical, Berlin
label: mindwaves
reviewer: Caffeinate

Deutschland, or Germany if you prefer. Is this important? Not really, but the review I just did was of an artist residing in Germany, and this label is in Germany. The artists originally French, but moved to Belgium. Of any significance? NOT WHEN IT COMES TO MUSIC! No matte who you are, or where you are from, music doesn’t care and it never will! So let’s remove all borders and allow this expanse to inspire and enlighten our minds!

I am writing this review as I listen to it. Cage’s Coma starts out very nice. Hints of Boards of Canada vibes come through which is nice. Then these strings come out of nowhere! Insanely cinematic, wonderful feelings come out as these tones wash over you. I can see where the experimental tag comes in for sure. This will be an event, an experience! So, seriously, make sure you have the time to really dig into this music

Storm Cellar darkens the mood. Nigh reminiscent of I guess older horror films but with some newer twists and then BAM. WTH IS THIS?!? This IDM drum beat comes in with this exquisite classical instrumentation. My goodness, seriously, it goes from frightening to genuine feelings of joy and well I am having a great time listening to this. It’s hitting all the right spots. I am not exactly a wordsmith, I prefer to feel, and as usual I say listen to it, but it hits chill, dark, uplifting tones in all sorts of ways while still being a cohesive piece. Rather impressive work.

Skelet-1 begins. Much more electronic infused. We’re going deep into whatever this is. (Haha, I’m also reading more in the artist description of their influences, and it makes sense! Heavily influenced by Boards of Canada, Aphex Twin, Autechre, etc. indeed! I definitely picked up on the BoC earlier without even knowing!) This is much sharper in terms of tones. Fat crisper bass notes, with some fun bellish chirps and some charming percussion. Then it progresses into a much more late night less broken vibe as some pads and longer notes are played out. Again, I can’t help but feel satisfied to my core with this.

I will say this, if I wasn’t just ready to lie back and let this wash over me, at this point in time, I may not have enjoyed it as much as I am. This is an excellent release, one which I will most definitely be adding to my collection for usage when I deem necessary. Anyways, back on track. Pahoehoe comes in on a more subdued feeling. The pace has been slowed. And suddenly the journey is over with Pahoehoe. I was too in the moment, but nice and relaxing the respite was!

Glowdrift comes in, with the pace returning up to previous levels a bit. The snares just piercing through! This is a wonderful percussion sequence throughout the track. I feel more inclined to pay attention to the hats and the other wonderful hits than even the instrumentation. I do not know if this was the intent but it was and is rather fun! Ethereal pads layered dare I say, underneath the drums. Haha, I love takes on music and songs like this! The timings are all over the place too, so you have to pay attention. Oh no, the drums fade! But then come in some keys, some wonderful wonderful keys. Our focus is shifted to the tonal instrument. What a switch. I feel this is more the glow to the drift, though maybe I got them backwards? Either way, interesting stuff. In the last few seconds we are teased with a much more complex drum pattern and crazier sounds. Leaves us too early I say…but it is what it is.

Tableaux is the final track. How did we get here so soon? Electronic brass type synth with some piano. A slight distorted roar comes through. I feel something building. Something feels like it is just around the corner waiting to come through and blow my mind. Oh my, it went much different than I thought. Birds chirping with some guitar, and now maybe some violin coming through? Then the electronic rumbling beast begins to stir again in the background. Oh my and then such wonderful strings. String instruments I feel can convey a ton of powerful emotion. This fades away, with a grainier sound coming through, abandoning the classical style and a smooth wave comes over. I must admit, I was thinking that it was going to turn into some crazy breakbeat annihilation track that would make even the warehouses in Detroit jealous BUT this is also very nice (also based off of how this album went, I mean I had no justification for thinking this but that’s where my mind went…-.-)! Artifical screams come through and add to this otherworldly floating as we continue down. Then it finally comes to a close.

It has been a while since I have thoroughly enjoyed something I have reviewed. This was an absolute pleasure and I must thank Bunai Carus for sending us the link! I had a great time, and I hope you will as well! Pick up your copy below!

http://mindwaves-music.bandcamp.com/album/neend

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